I got kicked off Airbnb on Dec. 22 because a guest who booked with me for a maximum of five people filed a false racism complaint after I asked his group to leave. He showed up with eight carloads of people (at least twenty people and more would have likely come later) and when I went to ask him what he was doing, his videographer told me they were shooting a music video on my property. I said no and made them leave.
I sent videos of all eight vehicles clogging my driveway and some even parked on my lawn. I sent Airbnb videos of the numerous people on my property. I even sent them videos of my interaction with the guest. While I was mad and very stern, nothing I said or did resembled any type of racism.
I started renting a tiny house in my backyard on Airbnb in March 2017. I live here and meet all my guests. In almost five years, I amassed more than 600 five-star reviews, had a 4.99 rating and was a Superhost continuously. I was one month away from getting my “brass key” Superhost award. I had also been offering an “experience” and had 103 five-star reviews on that in about one year’s time. I host every race, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
Airbnb booted me without even letting me know there was a complaint or anything. Not even a heads up or reason. I found out when an upcoming guest asked me why I cancelled her booking. I told her I did not and then when I checked my calendar I found all my future bookings were cancelled and my Airbnb listing and experience listing were permanently paused.
When I reached out to Airbnb I got the runaround many times and finally a representative said “they had a complaint from my guest who I’d asked to leave and I might have said something that was racist.” That was pretty much it.
I started on fairshake.com and Airbnb ignored Fairshake’s contacts and please for resolution. So I’m now going through arbitration alone and really have no idea how to fight Airbnb’s three lawyers.
I made $61,000 on Airbnb in 2021 (with my 1 STR) with 60% occupancy. I’ve asked for compensation of $161 for each day they’ve banned me and asked to be put back on the platform. It totals about $15,000. Airbnb has started out by asking the arbitrator to dismiss the case and give me nothing due to the terms of service I signed when starting to use Airbnb.
I would love to have some advisors on my side if anyone wanted to help.