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Last Updated: Jan, 2021
The policy update outlined below is now in effect.
You can find out how cancellations will work under our updated extenuating circumstances policy, effective for reservations starting on or after January 20, 2021, here.
Catherine Powell is back with a new Host Update, sharing how Airbnb is working to make our extenuating circumstances policy more transparent and fair for hosts. The changes—effective for reservations of stays and Airbnb Experiences with a check-in or start date on or after January 20, 2021*—will give hosts discretion over whether to refund guests who can’t travel due to unexpected personal circumstances. The policy will continue to cover natural disasters and similar large-scale events.
Get all the details about the upcoming changes to our policy here in this Help Center article. Please let us know what you’d like covered in future Host Updates with Catherine. As always, thank you for sharing the topics that matter to you.
*This policy doesn’t apply to Luxe reservations, which are subject to a separate Luxe guest refund policy.
@Catherine-Powell Hi, i have a guest who has booked in a child and we do not allow children due to a dangerous very deep pond that a 5 year old could drown in. It states quite clearly on my Airbnb page that we do not accept children but she has booked anyway and confirmed she has a 5 year old child. I do not want to cancel and risk my superhost status but she is refusing to cancel during half term week and reducing my options to get another booking. Grateful for any advice on how to handle this. Best regards, Jane
@Jane3745 Call Airbnb and tell them this. Tell them the pond is a safety and insurance issue and you cannot host a 5 year old child, as per your listing rules. Explain the guest refuses to cancel even after being told the property is listed as unsuitable for young children and that it is a significant safety hazard, then ask for a penalty free cancellation. Good luck.
Thanks Mark - really appreciate the advice...but how does one call Airbnb...???? Do you know a number to reach them? Many thanks in advance, Jane
Brilliant thank you
Brilliant thank you so much
I have been an Air BnB host on Oahu for many years and I had to cancel a guest who booked a 10 day stay a long time ago through Air BnB. The regulations changed to now require a 30 day minimum stay for vacation homes like mine. When I sent the cancelation, I received a message that I would be charged a $1,000 fine by Air BnB among other punitive measures. I need to know how I can use the extenuating circumstances policy to have that fine reversed?
refer Airbnb to its words below:
If a Host has to cancel for unavoidable reasons, we’ll work with them and help their guests find another place to stay, without the Host incurring cancellation fees. These situations include: