First time posting. I'm a super host and have been hosting for over 12 years - long before Airbnb - I typically host 1-3 month stays.
For various & necessary reasons, my listing is pretty strict and I have a lot of rules. These are all posted clearly on my listing and I do not utilize instabook (We are not for everybody- but have a great rapport with the vast majority of our guests who choose our home after reading the listing carefully).
I recently had a guest start to be beligerent and unaware of the particulars of my listing - after he reserved a 21 day reservation- ( I do believe it is the guests' responsibility to read the listing). I told him I thought it may be best for both of us if he made other reservations - at which point he called me from oversees and proved himself even more beligerent and entitled. I hung up and called Airbnb - it was still days away from his arrival date - I said I would like to cancel the reservation - Airbnb stated I would be penalized if I canceled - I had to wait until his arrival and if he broke the rules (that he was clearly not hearing or agreeing to), then I could ask him to leave without penalty. Not a very comfortable situation and I was disappointed with Airbnb's response.
I won't go into the drama, but he has broken quite a few of the rules - starting with trying to arrive hours before check in time and his room being ready, having additional guests in our home, and trespassing on neighbors' property, which I review carefully with each guest multiple times - he just does not "agree" with it. I have communicated with him via Airbnb platform to create a "paper trail" of some of these issues. He is so awful my other guest - who had an open ended reservation - (not through Airbnb) decided to leave. He has another week left in his reservation. He is already questioning his check out time & procedure and looking for all kinds of exceptions (which is his MO). I believe he has already broken enough rules to warrent canceling his reservation ( I have not listed all of his transgressions here ).
I did not ask him to leave last week as
#1 - it is really uncomfortable and I have never had to do this in 12 years - I spoke with him a few times and tried to give him multiple chances - I strive to make it work with all my guests.
#2 - my partner happened to be out of town and I was not sure it was wise to inititiate without more back up -
#3 - once I tell him he needs to leave - I feel it needs to happen right away - as he is ikely to be quite mad - he does not respond to requests, explanations or communication - he seems quite "off".
#4 - I am also concerned that if he makes a big fuss and either he or I call the police - it will be problematic going forward as my town is already trying to ban AIrbnb - there are a lot of social media conversations already (that don't include me). If it makes it in to the police blotter - it could have long term repercussions for my ongoing business ......
I am so annoyed that this one person could dismantle everything I have worked for over a 12 year period...... including the Airbnb "penalties" and review that may also be a consequence...
On the day he is due to check out - I have to go out of town - he is continually asking for exceptions and stating he has other needs. I clearly gave him 2 options for checking out by 10 AM - both offers include our assisiting him (which we often do) but they have clear boundaries. His response is "I will see" , " I have to think about it" - he refuses to understand there are no other options. He must check out by 10 AM on the day his reservation ends. I can't go out of town with this guy refusing to leave - and I can't be delayed by his actions that morning. It is the final straw for me. I want him to leave this weekend.
This situation has never come up for me.....
I could use some advice.... I feel once I tell him he has to leave,. he should leave very soon, as he may become more problematic.
But it also seems harsh not to give him some time to find a place to go - have any of you expeienced this before ?
I was thinking perhaps this weekend - as it would interfere less with his work schedule (all my guests come here for work, not leisure).
What help can I expect to receive from Airbnb ?
Any general advice for moving forward ?
I want to do the least amount of harm for all involved - but I have to get in front of this before he creates even more problems....
Thank so much for reading - I look forward to hearing any experiences and/or suggestions.
I think things must be very strict from now on:
Tell the guest he has to respect all houserules and leave on time on the day of check-out, without any exception, otherwise he has to leave in the weekend If the guest does not want to cooperate on this, call Airbnb and ask for relocation of the guest before the weekend (or cancellation of the reservation).
BTW inststead of cancellation you can also change (shorten) the reservation and amend the price for a refund of unused nights (as you have strict cancellation policy). If the guest accepts, there are no cancellation penalties for you.
@Emiel1 Thank you so much for your response -very helpful !
I have already tried the first solution - he is proving uncooperative - Even tried my partner - as maybe a communication style - my partner found the same issue .
We have spoken about departure 3 times - and he has yet to agree - very strange.
But love the idea of asking AIrbnb to "relocate" him and also to change/shorten his reservation rather than cancel - exactly the kind of suggestion I needed !
I am happy to refund him the unused nights - he has to pay to stay somewhere - I'm not looking to make anything off of him (even though it is lost revenue for me) . I told AIrbnb I would refund his money when I tried to cancel before his arrival - to no avail - at this point, I am just trying to mitigate damage.
When 'I say "we have talked about departure 3 times" in the comment above -
I mean he keeps bringhig up his chekout date - not that we discuss me asking him to leave earlier than scheduled.
Do you have a paper trail in the Airbnb messages of him “not agreeing” with your rules? If so, I don’t understand why you were not able to cancel without penalty, especially if you were willing to refund him.
If I were you I’d stop trying to talk to him on the phone or in person and keep everything on the app. Keep bugging Air, and if the first person you talk to doesn’t seem to have clue, ask to speak with someone from second tier support or a manager.
@Julie143 Thanks for your response - very helpful . Yes, the conversation before he arrived is on the Airbnb platform - and I asked to speak with a supervisor - spoke wth 2 people before he arrived - to no avail. It was disappointing, as I felt I had to choose between my Superhost status and feeling secure about a certain guest in my home. I was very surprised Airbnb was not more responsive to the situation.......This guest often initiates conversations with me in person (he always has special needs/requests)- he is in my primary residence - separate quarters - but hard to avoid all in person convos - (I usually consider in person convos a good thing with my guests ). But just now, I sent him a message on Airbnb "recapping" our conversation - as I have done a few times- so yes - there is a paper trail - he gets very annoyed by that - and is rude in his messages back to me. But I am not 100% confident Airbnb is going to be responsive - I'm begining to think their bar is pretty low regarding what constitutes a good guest.....
@Maureen176 I just want to say that I'm so angry at this rude, arrogant, entitled, narcissistic, toxic person on your behalf I could just - well, I don't want to say what I could just do. I just want to say you have a lot of sympathy from me and I'm sure from others.
In your first bullet point and in the first line of @Emiel1's answer lie the problem and the solution. I think you can do this and I know you'll feel better once you get this blood-sucker out of your life.
Hi @Maureen176 ,
I'm afraid You've srewed it up.
You're on booking inquiry, not on IB. So a guest sends in an inquiry and You accept.
After You've accepted You find out, that Your guest starts to be“ beligerent and unaware of the particulars of my listing“. How did that happen? Did You make him aware of the importace of Your houserules after You've confirmed his booking and not before?
After this, Your guest calls You from overseas, You ran into an argument with him and You hung up on him.
Days before check in You call airbnb, ask them to cancel the reservation but they refuse.
Now You were in this uncomfortable situation:
To cancel the booking from Your side and loose Superhost, the advantage being though, this guest cannot leave a review
Execute the reservation hoping everything will turn out ok and the guest will write a nice review and leave You a 5* rating.
What made You believe that this guest will be nicer on site than he was on the telephone?
What You now have is, this guest will leave You a terrible review, Your most recent review wasn't very good already, and he will rate You 1*. And as a consequence of this You may also loose Your Superhost as You might not make it over the 4,8* requirement anymore.
Plus You have a horrible time getting this person check out in time, on a day You are big time occupied.
I am sorry, but You did not handle this well.
But i'm not sure if you can be penalized if you / Airbnb needs to cancel after check in,
because of violation of house rules.
Also you can cancel an inquiry before arrival IF they are plan to break the house rules
(and you can prove it)
You accepted an inquiry (no smoking listing)
And than later on, they would tell you that there would be no way they would NOT SMOKE inside.
If a guest is in violation of house rules, you can cancel.
In any case you should be able to prove your case, CALL CS
and let the casemanager cancel your guest.
@Ute42 - Well, thanks for your frankness.....
I think you have quite a few misunderstandings of the situation.....
* I do not allow instabook because I filter my guests, I only let professionals coming for work stay with me. I do not ever accept vacationers ... that invites a whole set of issues that are not a good fit for my property or neighborhood ( I do like vacation, however). I also specialize in longer stays - 1-3 months - so I cannot allow for 3 day stints. I live in Boston - I would get a ton of bad matches if I allowed instabook. I basicaly rent to MDs & PHDs as I am close to a major medical area......
* Yes I approved him after a too brief conversation due to late night/ time differences - and my lapse - However, it is still the guest's responsibility to read the listing and by making the reservation - they are agreeing to the content of the listing and the stated house rules.
* I never said I argued with him and I did NOT hang up ON him. I can see my language could be misunderstod the way I wrote it - I meant upon hanging up I called AIrbnb straight away - I would not hang up on someone - and if the situation were so bad to neccessitate that - I would have canceled right away - this was more subtle.
* All of this hapened in quick succession - his request, my approval his call, my call to Airbnb - all happened in somethig like 24 hours or less. I did not wait around and then decide to cancel a few days before his arrival.....you are putting your own spin on this......
* What made me believe he MAY be different in person than he was in writing or on the phone is
- he is a research PHD - sometimes they are socially awkward
- English is his second language sometimes that causes misunderstandings at first
- He is from a very different part of the word - cultural differences exist - sometimes there is a learning curve for people coming to the States for the first time.
- His problematic behavior was at first subtle, not blatant - I could not be sure of his intentions - Typically, if people have read my listing carefully, they arrive - we talk in person - we come to a good understanding.
Even if there are cultural differences, when each of us has good intentions we make it work on both ends. I have a very high success rate with this kind of guest.
Unfortunately, his behavior did become more blatant upon arrival ..... but not so outrageous as to send him packing the moment he arrived - AIrbnb advised he had to actually break the rules before I could cancel - and he could not break the rules until he moved in - then - unfortunately, my husband was out of town - for most of the first 2 weeks - and I was really unsure about the possibility of this guy getting hostile when no one else was around. ...
* Now, I am prompted to cancel or shorten his stay as he has made clear he is not going to cooperate wth my checkout policy - causing further problems...... he has broken a lot of rules - and yes, I do not think he should be allowed to leave a review -
* Yes, you are correct my last guest was also not great - I think my worst review ever - I broke with my usual rules and allowed a different kind of guest - she was working - but in a different industry - she was a SMOKER despite my very clear rule that not only can you not smoke here- you can't be a smoker - there is no place any where near my property that is appropriate for smoking. She broke a fundmental rule - so each night - very late - she was creeping down the stairs of our very quiet house in our very quiet neighborhood to go have a smoke and not get noticed (ha) - in addition to getting late night food dleiveries every night - we are a very high end, residential, quiet neighborhood - she said in her review she felt like she was sneaking around because she WAS sneaking around - she was only staying a week - so I let it pass - and I did not OUT her as a smoker and rule breaker in my review of her - I wasn't sure what to do there - but I try not to be a jerk - I just privately told her she should respect people's house rules and you can't hide smoking..........
- Why did I break with my usual formula and let this women stay with me for a week ? Because Airbnb has flooded the market with a gazillion listings (many not appropriate - with no real person on site - or even in state) and supply is WAY UP - thanks AIrbnb - but that is a different conversation -
- Lesson learned - I am not lowering my standards any more
I guess I am feeilng pretty cranky with my current guest, the last short one, and Aribnb's lack of support thus far - we will see how it goes tomorrow when I call them.
It may be my current crankiness but your response did not seem to be along the lines of productive advice on how to proceed - starting with "You screwed up" and ending with "You did not handle this well". Thanks for all that wisdom UTE, you are a real peach :) .
That's right. I have 5 reviews and created 2400 posts.
I've been hosting for more than 15 years through all kinds of distibution channels: HomeAway, some local german rental sites, google adwords - You name it. I have the best performing vacation rental out of 700 in my area, guests hosted so far: 4000 (my house sleeps 10). A year ago I decided to start doing business through airbnb, but soon I reevaluated this idea.
Well, read the stories here on these forums and read Your own story. Here on airbnb I have to call up a 22 year old Customer Service Rep to beg her or him to cancel a booking. That's not the way I do business. I decide if a booking gets cancelled and I don't need anybodies advise on that.