My girlfriend and I checked into this “cottage” in Corona, California. We met the host, and things were cool. The host talked at length about her ex-husband who was a professional drug courier/dealer, and her last boyfriend, the permanent drunk. She indicated that her last Airbnb guests were four Muslim men. She said she did not like the way they smelled and talked. So what did she do? She cooked bacon to antagonize them. She said she tried to evict them because they were in their room.
The host had a guest after our booking who reserved the room for thirty days (as it was open) but this was unacceptable to her. She wanted different guests each day so they could go to the beach, not one consistent guest. On the morning after check in, having stayed at the property for over eighteen hours, my girlfriend was called home to check in on her mother.
The host’s ideal guest is someone who checks in, then departs from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM for the beach. Since I was waiting for my girlfriend, the host wanted to photograph my identification. I asked her to show me the Airbnb request for such a thing. She called the Home Owners Association (HOA) security. Then the sheriff was called. The host told the sheriff lies. Total lies. The host claimed that there was sexual harassment. That is crazy; I was with my girlfriend. This from a woman in a bikini. In a house full of sexual fetish and weird objects. The host lied for no reason. I packed my bags and departed the property with no problems. The host stole my original Airbnb receipt along with other items to minimize my leverage.
Once a complaint was made to Airbnb, management sat on it for seven days, then they wrote a message saying this:
“We are contacting you regarding your Airbnb account. We regret to inform you that we are no longer able to support your account due to violations of our Community Standards & Expectations. As a result of this determination, we have taken steps to permanently deactivate your account. Additionally, we are unable to provide further account support.”
There is no proof. The sheriff has no report. The HOA has no report. My attorney can take no action because the sum involved is so small. However, because the host is a woman who claimed sexual harassment, and the guest is a man, Airbnb has sided with the host.