Why did Airbnb Suspend my account?

Level 2
Fgura, Malta

Why did Airbnb Suspend my account?



I would like to know how to tackle this issue. 


I received an email from Airbnb 2 days ago that my account is permanently suspended and all bookings were cancelled. It was a shock for me to receive this kind of email since I am a superhost and had ony positive reviews about my listing. 


I contacted them by phone and by email but the only reply I got is by email stating that they regret that this decision has negatively affected me and that they have the final say. I did not get any reason or whatsoever. I read the Terms and Conditions but couldn't find anything that I have possibly done to get a permanent suspension. 


I asked for clarification but did not get one.


Thanks is advance



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This is very similar to my situation. We realized that all our future dates were suspended. We still had our bookings that were booked before , but the rest of the months were suspended. This blind sided is . We feel there is absolutely no reason for this. I call them every day now for two weeks, but they continue to say that a specialist is working on it , and it’s being I investigated . Investigated for what ? We have no clue . It’s really bad that they side with some type of malicious or vindictive complaint rather than side on error for the host . 

Level 2
Vermont, United States

I got no notice from airbnb that my account was being suspended and found out when I went to check my calendar and a box popped up. I have no idea how long the suspension is for or why I was suspended. I tried calling and emailing and have gotten no answers. I filled out the appeal form but it was denied kinda hard to appeal something you have no idea why is happening.  Is there a place on my site that will show me how long the suspension is for???

Level 10
Frederick, MD

@Jennifer1384 sorry this happened-- looks like your rating might have been a problem? Several reviews mention the need for a deep clean. If I had to bet, I would say a guest complained about cleanliness and ABB suspended the listing.

Level 2
Vermont, United States

But I have a 4.5 rating and have been listing for 3.5 years.  Out of 114 reviews only 12 were below a 4???

Level 2
İstanbul, Turkey

Hello everyone, 


i’ve had all my reservations cancelled by Airbnb today. Shortly after that, my listings were suspended. I have been a superhost for the past three years and there is absolutely nothing I can think of that may have caused this. 
Despite calling them numerous times today to find out, they still haven’t got back to me with an explanation and I’m still having to explain to my guests that it wasn’t me who cancelled but Airbnb. However, not being able to explain to them puts me in a very difficult situation. I completely relied on this income so I’mvd found my self in a very difficult position. Please advise me what to do. 

Level 10
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands


I noticed you have 4 listings with very nice reviews.

They are still in the search system, but can not be booked (producing an error)





Maybe it is system glitch , but you must continue contacting Airbnb.

These weird "suspensions" (for Superhosts !) without any explanation need to be investigated asap..


Do you really have no idea what could be the reason, for example:

- violation of laws (license, taxes) / local rules

- violation of Airbnb terms (payment outside Airbnb etc..)

- complaining guest

- security issue

- no license

- complaining neighbours


Level 2
İstanbul, Turkey

@Emiel1 Thank you for your quick response. I’m really confused as I have not been contacted by any guest with a single complaint. I don’t know if someone bypassed me and directly complained to Airbnb, but I find it really bizarre that Airbnb hasn’t even sent me an email stating that they would cancel my reservations and suspend my account. 
regarding the points you’ve included, none of those applies to me. 
so I also think it might be a system glitch, and I hope if it is it gets resolved before I end uplosing all my projected income. 
In the meantime, Iwill try to balance my income by working with other rental websites so as to avoid such terrible incidentswith Airbnb. I will keep you posted about how it goes. Thank you.

This is the same exact thing happening to us also 

Level 1
Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

@Teresa1511 Same situation, guests contacting me saying the booking has been cancelled. Find my calendar is blocked 12 months out. Contact "customer support" no answer several days later get an email saying my account was suspended. Do some research and find out someone who has never been to my property thinks my listing photos look like they are from internal security cameras. Air bnb email saying they will investigate and get back to me in 72 hours. Nothing! not a reply. When I contact through customer support I get an instant "This support case is closed" No email, no reply no reason, just suspended. I have since listed with Booking.com, Bookabatch and Holiday Houses and am getting good results. Why would Airbnb treat us this way when we are the service providers for the guests??? absolutely crazy business policy.

@Jayden16  could you tell us the story how your suspension got lifted?

Level 2
St. Petersburg, FL

Hey Thai235,

This has happened to me almost the same exact date that you're describing for listings Tampa Bay great guest reviews. Not sure if they've reached out to my current guest about having Airbnb cancel their current reservation. I didn't get an email or a warning they said that happened to me yesterday at 6:51 p.m. can't think of anything that would cause that that if anybody has any information please share!

Level 2
Yakima, WA

Hello, 4 days ago my account was suspended, apparently. I contacted Airbnb today because I noticed my calendar was unavailable for guest to book. The gal who answered my questions said she didn’t know why my account was suspended and I would have to wait for a call back. I did not receive any email regarding my suspension and I think it’s so unprofessional of them to have this behavior. We as host are the core to their business and they fail to protect us or give us any sort of explanation. I’ve had great reviews and reply to my guest in a meaningful timely manner. I’m not sure what’s going on. Reading others reviews on the same situation has made me believe Airbnb was hacked or really is just unprofessional. It extremely affects my small business by providing for my family, making ends meet and paying for my mortgage. I’m so lost and I’m sooooo confused! Please help!! 

@Teresa1511 and @Alexandra1290 looks like both of you got your suspension lifted. So what happened? My account was suspended 2 days ago out of the blue.

About 1 month ago, a guest gave me 1 star for "location" (my property is in a mixed race community, with black, white, and yellow in 1 street - maybe it's the reason the guest was nervous, but it's a safe community, nothing happened. Anyway, I got 1* for "location" and 5* for all other things. Average is 4.7* for all guests. Now, 5 days ago, 1 guest checked out. I gave her 5* review, and have waited for her to give me review. I haven't got review from her yet (with 2 reminder). Not sure if she was not happy with something or not). 

Looks like many hosts here could not get the suspension lifted, just a few of you. Would love to hear your stories.

Level 10
Sayulita, Mexico

@Thai235  Plenty of guests don't bother to leave reviews, it has nothing to do with them not being pleased about their stay, so don't concern yourself with that. And guests get reminders to review from Airbnb just like hosts do. 


So while there's nothing wrong with messaging a guest once if 10 or 12 days have gone by, to say you realize they may be busy, but you'd really appreciate if they could find a few minutes to leave a review, it's not a good idea to keep bugging them about it-it could backfire and cause them to feel harrassed- they'll either leave a review or they won't.


And yes, your guest who left a 1*review probably reported that she felt "unsafe", even though it wasn't objectively unsafe, but maybe due to racist ideas. I hope your suspension gets lifted soon.

I had the same thing happen to me today - totally caught me off guard. Can't get an answer and am just so frightfully confused by them suspending my account and cancelling all of the upcoming reservations I had.  Did they ever re-activate your account as a host?  Did you ever get any kind of answer?  Thanks for posting your story, @Teresa1511 -- hope all turned out well for you!

Level 2
Montreal, CA

Active host, licensed establishment, 4 years of great reviews (1185 in all), and after an "investigation", Airbnb decides to ban me because a dangerous and violent guest attacked my staff, collected a settlement, then left and complained, while I was out of the country.


If you're listening Airbnb, you will soon get a taste of Quebec's consumer protection system.

Level 10
Dublin, Ireland

I believe the consumer protection system in Quebec works very well, @François48


If you haven't done so already, you might like to contact Joey Zukran of LPC Avocat Inc (Cavendish Blvd), who was the Class Counsel of a recent successful class action suit taken against Airbnb in Quebec. You should be able to get some good advice there, or at least get pointed in the right direction, as LPC will already have the specific experience of dealing with (and defeating) the might of Airbnb's legal army. 


Best of luck! 


Settlement Approved - Airbnb Class Action, Quebec 


Level 2
Montreal, CA

Dearest Susn17 from Dublin Ireland,


What a delightful response to wake up to this morning. News travels far and fast, and we live in a small world. Cavendish Blvd is a few blocks away from where I live and work. I will be sending Mr. Zukran an email shortly to organize a meeting.


Something in your message must have activated some bells and whistles in some office in San Fransisco, because immediately after I got an email from them saying this:


"My name is Charlene and I work here at Airbnb in a specialized team. I hope this email finds you well.

We understand that you would like to exercise one of your rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), namely the right of access.

Airbnb is required to verify that the person making the request is the data subject entitled to the information being requested. We have implemented identification and verification procedures to ensure that we do not edit, delete, or hand over personal information to a person impersonating a data subject.

We kindly ask you to send us both of the following:

A re-statement of your request
A photocopy of a valid official government ID such as your driver’s license or passport to validate your identity and to facilitate your request

Your request and a copy of your proof of identity can be delivered by email to dpo@airbnb.com or by answering this e-mail."


What is this specialized team? What request? I thought our relationship was "terminated". Why do they want my (latest) ID info, when they already have all of this?


You can say many things about Quebec, but what is admirable is the way they stand up for regular people. It's what makes living here so pleasant. I wouldn't be surprised if Airbnb's ToS itself violates Quebec commercial law - nonwithstanding the latest digital short-term stay law which is going to wipe out 80% of its offering in Montreal this spring with fines and penalties of up to 25 000$ per listing.


Again, Airbnb, if you are listening (and it appears you are), this is the point where I offer the fig leaf. I offer you the chance to reinstate my account and remove this ridiculous blockade, and we can all forget this happened and go back to our regular lives.

Level 10
Dublin, Ireland

Good to hear that you've had some communication from Airbnb, @François48 (although legally, companies are obliged to respond to GDPR requests within a certain timeframe anyway, whether they like it or not) As for which "specialized team" the agent who messaged you belongs to, I'm not 100% certain, but I believe Charlene may be part of the Behavioural Data Science crew.


Seems a little odd that you'd get an email from SF relating to your Right to Access request though, as hosts in Canada are considered to be data subjects of Airbnb Ireland UC, as opposed to Airbnb Inc (different Privacy laws), but pehaps they do have a single centralised Data Protection office, that then redistributes the communications received, depending on the location of the correspondent. 


I've been keeping an eye on the Canadian markets for some time now, so am pretty familiar with the tightening regulatory controls in various cities there. Unfortunately though, the regulations introduced in the majority of cities worldwide - while well-intentioned - typically serve only to obliterate small, local hosts, while the heavily-funded VC-backed "mega-hosts", thrive and prosper, while simply ignoring the laws, or "buying" their way around them (for example, when the 90 day limit was introduced in London in 2016, there were around 35,000 listings. Now there are just under 80,000 - the vast majority of them in the control of corporate players)


I do hope you get sorted, and back up and running without delay, @François48! Keep us posted 🙂

Level 2
Montreal, CA

Hi again Susan! I never made any request of that sort. I was planning on keeping my account active in case I needed the information. But I plan on deactivating it so my presence is entirely removed. Actually, I think the email was a mistake. A request was probably sent internally and they thought it might have come from me.


As for the laws, I agree with what you are saying. The silver lining is that a few years ago, I pushed to obtain a license to operate from Tourism Quebec, so I have the legal right to host. The way it is set up, the BnB is is a part-time hobby for several people and is close to the center, which keeps rotation and quality high and operating costs very low. I doubt any corporation could match it, hence why we were full almost 100% of the time.


I have been taking care of guests and reservations non-stop for almost 4 years, and I am heartbroken to have witnessed all my reservations for 2020 evaporate in the span of 5 minutes. We will rebuild. Thanks 🙂

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