No lock on the front door and a ‘camera pointing towards the bathroom’ are two Airbnb nightmares.
BOOKING a short-term stay may appear to be a good idea, but guests have complained about poor customer service, scams, cancellations, unsafe conditions, and discrimination.
While Airbnb is a fantastic concept that can save vacationers a lot of money, it is not without flaws.
Millions of people have seen hashtags like airbnbproblems or airbnbgonewrong on social media.
Every second, six people check into an Airbnb, and the platform currently has 175,000 listings in the UK.
While the vast majority of the accommodations are excellent, some may not be the safest.
Customer service issues, scams, host cancellations, unsafe conditions, and discrimination were found to be the five most common causes of Airbnb guest complaints in an Asher Fergusson study conducted by ASIS International.
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A front door lock was one of the property’s most important features.
Anyone could walk into the property, so holidaymakers should request “images of the exterior” before booking an Airbnb, according to Nick Higginson, CEO of Phoenix Health and Safety.
“If you like the look of a property but there aren’t any exterior images, make sure you ask the host for them,” Nick advised.
“If they can’t give you any, that’s a red flag, and you should avoid booking with them.”
“What happens if you check into an Airbnb that looked so nice online but when you get there, it looks nothing like the photos, is filthy, scary, and you’re legit terrified for your life?” Jena Ezarik wrote on Twitter.
Before making a reservation, Nick recommends that potential renters request unedited photos of the property.
Holidaymakers should be on the lookout for hidden cameras once they arrive at the property.
One American family booked an entire home in Virginia for their vacation, only to have it turn into a nightmare.
“Never had we stayed in an Airbnb where you walk in and there’s razors, toothbrushes, dirty underwear, and a hamper – all her belongings were in the Airbnb,” Jensey Diaz told ABC11 of the experience.
She went to dinner with her family, ignoring the obvious red flags, only to discover there was a camera inside the house.
“That’s where I said, ‘We’re leaving, pack your belongings, get the dogs, get everything, and let’s get out of here,'” she explained.
As things were, things got worse for the family.
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