Sex Offender becomes Airbnb Host – reads child guests “bed time stories”. Airbnb does nothing.


I am a landlord in Hamilton New Zealand who had a tenant that asked to run an AirBnB.  The property was 60 Mansel Avenue in Hillcrest, one of those I own.

My tenant, Albert (Al) Haggar, is an absolute liar and fraudster, as well as a  sex offender!

It is pretty clear he had read the information on the AirBnB website entitled “How should I talk to my landlord about hosting on Airbnb?” so I innocently gave verbal permission. He ran it for two years January 2018 until December 2019 with over 300 guests giving good reviews.

In August 2019 when I discovered you were not permitted to run a AirBnB if you were a registered Sex Offender and that he was a Sex Offender involving sex with children and violence against them – I told him to stop giving a 14-day notice which he promptly ignored.

I attempted to contact AirBnB to no avail. Worse – after speaking to the local Member of Parliament neither he or I could get in contact with Airbnb to stop this man. NO ONE in New Zealand including the Police, the Ministry of Internal Affairs or our Security Services could contact AirBnB to say this man was a sex offender.

It makes me shudder to think that one of the recommendations from a guest mentions him reading a bed-time story to her daughter

AirbBnB runs a criminally negligent business model that threatens any countries tourist industry by not stopping criminal sex offenders from running an AirBnB and he could still be out there as a “superhost’ the status he has from Airbnb.