15 AirBnB Nightmares…Yikes Don’t Stay Here
AirBnB quickly made a name for itself as being an alternative to booking an hotel room when traveling. Through AirBnB people can rent their houses, and apartments to guest who are looking for a temporary place to stay while on vacation. It has been proven to be cheaper than going to a hotel and it provides a better living experience for the most part. However, Airbnb is not without flaw. There have been cases of AirBnB nightmares. Whether the guest left the owners home in shambles, or the host was completely obnoxious, these horror stories will make you think twice before using AirBnB.
Sexually Assaulted And Locked In Room By Host This is one of the worst AirBnB experiences anyone could have. On July 4, Micaela Giles’s received a series of messages from her 19 year old son, Jacob Lopez, who was on vacation in Madrid. He told her that his AirBnB host in Madrid had locked him in the fourth-floor apartment where he was supposed to be staying and removed the key. The host was still there, he said, rattling knives around in the kitchen drawer and pressing him to submit to a sexual act. Micaela called AirBnB, but they would not give her the address and would not call the police. Jacob was sexually assaulted that night. He, eventually persuaded his host to free him and he returned home to Massachusetts traumatized. His host, who was born male but is living as a woman, denied Mr. Lopez’s accusations. She denied threatening him and said that the sex act was consensual and that he is transphobic.
Woman’s Home Turns to Brothel Many people offer their homes on AirBnB to make an extra buck. It can be an easy payday. Some people make over $100,000 playing host. Unfortunately, not every experience is pleasant and worth the money. A woman in Australia was shocked to find that her home was turned into a brothel. She was contacted by another woman who was looking to rent her home. After talking to the woman for a while she agreed to rent her home for two nights. Soon after the woman arrived, the homeowner started getting calls from worried neighbors, who saw a stream of strange men arriving and then leaving the house. The home owner texted the woman and asked her to leave the property to no avail, so she returned home and confronted the renter, who then left.
AirBnB Escorts Service Prostitutes and call girls have used AirBnB to capitalize on their “business.” In Manhattan they use AirBnB to turn prime Manhattan apartments into temporary brothels. One escort service is even saved a bundle by renting AirBnB apartments instead of hotel rooms for clients. One apartment belonging to Jessica Penzari was turned into a temporary brothel. The guest told Penzari that she was in the Army and need a place to hang out before shipping out. When a hooker got slashed by a client in her apartment over the price of his “massage,” Penzari got a call from cops. Penzari returned to find used baby wipes and “at least 10 condoms.”
Paris AirBnB was a nightmare AirBnB is a global enterprise which means there are AirBnB nightmares all over the world. Paris is no exception. One woman wrote a review about a not so pleasant stay. She called the list deceptive. She found a three room apartment in the 16th Arrondissement. In the pictures it looked very nice. When she finally saw the apartment after meeting the host in a nearby cafe, she was appalled by the condition of the place. She did not expect the place to be covered with dirt and dust. The dining room had dead plants in the window, the table was nasty looking. and the chair cushions were crusty. The kitchen and the bathroom were even worst. She only stayed for one night. The host offered $30 dollars so she would write a bad review, which she turned down.
Woman Forced To Pay $ 1700 To Get Rid Of Guest Here is an AirBnB nightmare if you ever heard of one. Poonam Sandhu fell victim to AirBnB squatters. She had hoped to earn some extra cash by renting out her spare room on AirBnB. She took on two tenants, a couple and all seemed to go well in the beginning. They paid her on time for two solid weeks. At the start of the third week, they told her that they were waiting for their paychecks and asked if she’d accept a cash payment. Sandhu agreed, and they paid her in cash “on and off,” then they stopped paying her at all. At that point, it was more than a month since the couple have been staying there. Sandhu had to call the police on more than one occasion to break up fights between the pair. She’d installed eight security cameras so she could see which of her personal possessions they were stealing. On one occasion they did something so heinous to her plumbing system that the water had to be shut off for three days. She tried to kick them out, but they refused to go. She offered to get them a hotel, but they declined the offer. She hired a lawyer and served them with eviction papers, which they totally ignored and California law ended up being on their side. Finally Sandh offered them $1,700.50 to leave, and they accepted.
Host Home Trashed A family in Calgary, Canada came home to a trashed house after renting their home to a guest through Airbnb. The Kings found their couch cushions thrown on the floor in their kitchen, covered in mayonnaise. Their hardwood floors were destroyed due to pools of liquor on the floor. There were glass shards, dents in their walls, toilets were flooded and plugged with condoms. They rented their house to four adults who said they were in town for a wedding. Shortly after leaving their home, the Kings began to recieve text from their neighbors telling them the police had arrived after a luxury bus pulled up with 100 people. The renters threw paint all over Mr King’s art works that were going to sell for probably a couple thousand. The King’s asked the wasted renters to leave which they did. The Calgary police at the scene describe the situation as a “drug-induced orgy.”
Woman’s House Ransacked In 2011, Emily J returned from a 3 week business trip to find her San Francisco apartment destroyed and her belongings ransacked by an AirBnB guest. There was a disgusting odor throughout the house, valuables were stolen, and her birth certificate and social security cards were scanned with her own printer. Emily could not get help from AirBnB until she was able to contact them through a friend who freelanced for them. Even then they did not help. It wasn’t until she posted the harrowing ordeal on her blog that the company finally took action.
Serial Squatters Cory Tschogl from San Francisco rented her Palm Springs vacation condo to two brothers for six weeks. When the six weeks were up, they refused to leave. They cited California tenant’s rights laws, which makes eviction difficult after 30 days without the landlord paying a relocation fee. Cory got the local news involved and with the help of a couple lawyers, the Pashanin brothers left quietly in the night after two months without any damages.
Dog Bites AirBnB Renter Not everyone is a dog lover and not every dog is friendly. Mike Silverman had stayed in AirBnBs from Alaska to South America and never had a problem. That is until he went to Argentina. The rental didn’t mention any pets, so Silverman was surprised to see a full-grown Rottweiler staring back at him one morning early into his stay. He put out his hand in a friendly gesture, only to have the dog chomp down hard on his forearm. The bite left a 6 inch gash and Mike was rushed to the hospital where he was forced to pay cash.
Unexpected Drunk Host A lot of people look to rent a space form AirBnB with the idea that the host is on vacation. Joseph Velardo and Robyn Finker thought that would be the case, but were mistaken. The two rented a private home in the Hampton Bays for a weekend getaway. In the middle of the night they received a strange text from the owner, Tom, who then showed up clearly intoxicated 45 minutes later and let himself in. While Robyn hid upstairs, Joseph was eventually able to get the host to go, but the pair were spooked and ended up leaving at 4 am.
24 Beds In A Small Apartment AirBnB can be a big money maker for people who own a nice house or condo. Some people with a more average apartment have been able to make some extra cash, but their is one listing that was greedy and ended up being dubbed the worst AirBnB listing ever. An apartment on E. 27th St. in New York City seemed to be a sweet deal for $35 a night. However, it was discovered to have 24 beds stacked into two bedrooms. There was a long list of requirements, including a minimum 30-day stay. The apartment was owned by David Jaffee who was also a former promoter once listed on Club Planet’s 10 Most Hated People in New York Nightlife.
Guest Rents Room From Dead Host There is nothing scarier than renting a place on AirBnB from a dead host. Jordan Ruttenberg and his friend Connor thought they had a great deal on a Brooklyn apartment. Midway through their stay, things got unexpectedly dark. Connor, began noticing messages on their host’s Facebook profile, saying things like “hang in there” and “we need you.” They soon found out through a friend of the host that she had overdosed and was pulled off life support. That has to be weird.
Nightmare Host In Rome Rome is a great place to visit. That’s what one couple thought. They rented an apartment through AirBnB. The host had excellent reviews and spoke English. Everything seemed great but quickly turned into a nightmare. Upon arrival the host couldn’t meet the couple, so he had elderly relatives living in the building to check them in. The elderly relatives did not speak English and the keys wouldn’t open the apartment. After much door-wiggling, they got inside. Instead of complaining about the keys, the couple just set out to find some food. They returned home that evening and the keys still didn’t work. The relatives downstairs didn’t answer and they couldn’t get in touch with the host. They were locked out for over an hour before the door magically opened. The next morning, after sleeping in, we finally had a good look at the apartment. The walls of the apartment were covered with extremely violent and misogynist paintings and photographs. The couple went out and returned just to have door problems again. Later that night, violent banging on the door woke them up. The following morning the host left a tirade of rude and strange AirBnB messages from the host. The host gave the renters a bad and false review that AirBnB refused to take down.
$2.5 million Condo Damaged Ankkit Aggarwal is web developer in Toronto who loves AirBnB. He owns several luxury condos in Toronto and rents them out via Airbnb, Roomorama, HouseTrip and through his own website, Hydewest. He has made $160,000 since 2012 through AirBnB. He’s never had a major incident until 2013. Aggarwal was booted from AirBnB when he submitted claims after one of his guests severely damaged one of his condos. One of the rules of AirBnB is that the renter must leave the space clean. Aggarwal’s condo racked up a cleaning bill over $800 after the guest left. The guest also damaged some very expensive furniture. AirBnB banned him from the service because he was making deals with clients outside of them and refused to help pay for the damages.
Australia AirBnB Nightmare A woman booked a 2 bedroom apartment in Australia for 10 nights for her parents. The host to be responsive and the location of the listing was in a great location. It seemed as if she found another AirBnB gem, but unfortunately she and her parents were left very disappointed. The apartment was dirty, and a dangerous listing. The woman’s parents had to leave early. The second room in the two bedroom apartment was not made up as advertised. The sharp, metal bed frame in the master bedroom was extremely hazardous, especially as the room is quite dingy and cramped. Much of the furniture was very worn and tattered. Stained and unclean silverware made their dining experience horrible. The biggest complaint was actually with AirBnB. They constantly changed their story at all stages of the women’s complaint. One minute she was going to get a full refund, the next minute a partial refund, then no refund.