Airbnb Claim Problem with Bank Account

We have been hosts for Airbnb for two years and pride ourselves on making sure our home is in a ideal state for guests. This year on the day our first payment was due Airbnb contacted us with a claim that our bank details were incorrect. We were surprised, because nothing had changed since our last payment, but responded as requested immediately afterwards. Now it’s been three weeks and there is still no sign of the $5000 we are due. We tried to call the company, due to the fact no email address is available. We have had to phone four times now, each time waiting in a queue for over 40 minutes, all on our bill. We asked to speak to the relevant department, but was told they don’t have access by phone. Because of this, we asked to have their email address; they avoided answering this request. Basically you receive lip service but the person at the call centre has no understanding of anything. I was told I should use PayPal, however I informed customer service it would incur a cost to us. They didn’t care, just saying, “well, if you want the money.”

On my last call I was in control and explained I wanted to resolve the problem so therefore I needed to speak to someone who would be able to help and understand the process. Eventually the help centre representative informed me she would be terminating the call. I was left speechless, put out of pocket for thousands of dollars with no way of getting any assistance to resolve our situation. We literally have no other phone lines to which to turn. Other than Airbnb being a very corrupt company, I don’t believe this level of looking after your customer service provider is the norm.

worst accommodation in 4 week holiday

We feel fortunate in that we did not lose any money. However, the apartment we booked in Kensington UK was disappointing. It was dirty and the appliances were all in poor condition (especially the washer and dryer). The bathrooms needed some maintenance and a good scrub. The towels were very poor. Unbeknown to us the apartment backed on to busy Brompton Road. Our bed proved to be metres away from the traffic, making sleep very difficult. Eventually we had to abandon the bedroom and sleep on a lounge in the living room. We couldn’t get the TVs to work. I feel the host, Patrick Lopez misrepresented himself as a “Londoner”. I have a strong suspicion that he lives in Thailand and he is unaware of the true condition of his property. I sent three messages to Airbnb but none were responded to. We contemplated just walking out and going to a hotel, but we chose to stay because we couldn’t communicate with Airbnb and didn’t want to lose $750 per night. It is a shame when you have to count down the nights before you can leave. All other accommodation (independently booked B and Bs, hotels and an apartment) was outstanding.

Contacting Airbnb is a waste of time

Contacting Airbnb is a waste of time. I’ve tried to contact Airbnb a lot of times regarding some severe technical issues (I could not receive or send messages to my guests), but there was no way I could speak to the technical department or the managers to get this fixed quickly, all customer service could do was to “submit a ticket”. And obviously my tickets were ignored for weeks and months, because no matter how many times I tried to contact customer service telling them how urgent the situation was, they could not help, just submit another ticket.
So – the Airbnb customer service can not help you, only produce tickets. And if the people behind this wall called “customer service” decides to ignore these tickets, well, then you’re screwed. There is no way you’ll be able to speak with the people responsible for your problems.