It's best not to reveal your exact address/location before a booking is made, to avoid potential problems, or in some case, scams. (If guests are demanding about this, one might give thought to the other ways that this guest might prove to be demanding.! ) Just tell the guest that the exact address will be given to them after they complete a booking. Many guests are new to using Airbnb and dont' understand how it works -- it can help for hosts to educate them a little about how the system works and how address and contact information is not exchanged until AFTER a reservation is booked.
I always wonder why some guests feel a need to know the "EXACT address" in advance-- and that is the phrase they often use (those few who ask about this) . For what purpose, I wonder? If you think about it, it really is not necessary for someone to know your EXACT address before they book -- really all they need to know, for purposes of planning their trip and transportation plans, as well as to assess safety of your area, is your general vincinity, which is already given to them on the map. If they know where you are within a couple blocks or a few blocks, that is really all they need.
I had to exact problem ...
I copy paste the message : I want to stay but i wondering why don't you tell me where is your place exactly. This is first time that host doesn't tell me full address. So i'm really confused. I will reserve after you tell me exactly and find in (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) map. You know what i am saying?? :)
This message is a scam I think. I received exactly the same today:
"I want to stay but i wondering why don't you tell me where is your place exactly. This is first time that host doesn't tell me full address. So i'm really confused. I will reserve after you tell me exactly and find in map."
I think I will report the user.
Hi, I ended up on this thread becuase I was looking at booking high rise condo unit in Denver. They said it had a hot tub but it had no pictures. My first reaction was to just look at google maps so I could see an aerial where I could zoom in and get an idea of the pool/Hot tub area myself but of course I had no idea which building it was because I couldn't get an adress. It was king of annoying to be honest. Do you have any idea what the scam is attempting to accomplish by obtaining the address of a booking before actually booking. I'm not sure I understand why that is dangerous to give or what people are doing with the info. If you are all getting the same message word for word it's obvious there is something going on but do you have any idea what their goal is?
Why not just ask them to upload photos of said pool/hot tub. It would seem unbelievable that the host wouldn't take photos of such a key amenity.
Not sure which you don't understand why it can be dangerous to give out your address - it gives potential burglars and others with ill intentions details of a property which lies empty some of the time and therefore is a good place for them to break into or use for illicit purposes.
@Eric986 As Helen said, it can be a mark for thieves and not only when the property is empty, but also when guests are there. There is a lot of thievery where I live- pretty common in a Mexican tourist town. Thieves scout properties which they know are rentals, then stake the place out waiting for the newly arrived guests to go out for dinner or to the beach, then break in. They know tourists are likely to have money, devices, jewelry. In some cases the guests walk off without locking doors and windows as instructed (all blissed out on vacation in paradise) so the thieves don't even have to go to any trouble to get in. So not only is an early location revealing a security issue for hosts, it also is for guests.
Also, guests who are given exact location may try to just drive by, and approach the host with a "private" deal, i.e. bypassing Airbnb.
I think if you feel you need to know the area, most hosts would give you the cross streets, which should tell you what you ned to know. And if you need to know if it's close to places you want to visit, just message the host to ask how close it is to XXX.
Mr guest - I appreciate your request but AirBnB (nor I) release an exact address until a booking is made for leagal reasons. If that is unacceptable to you, may I recommend a hotel in the area?
in our case, the area of the city is questionable. Parts are ok, others are not. Our son lives in the city that we want to book a house in. And without knowing the exact address, he tells us we cannot determine if it is a safe neighborhood or not. So, in this case, we have to pass on the house we would like to book since we cannot get the address to be sure it is in a safe area.
this is not being demanding, it is being safe and practical.
On my listing it shows the general area of the treehouse, but not the exact address. Evidently knowing the general area is not good enough for you? I don't think any AirBnB host is going to give you their address BEFORE you make a booking. But good luck finding one that will.
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trying to book a 2 month stay in Merida, Mexico and given there are no zoning rules there, one can end up with a 2 month stay that is next to a bar or a turkey farm.
I ask because I care to know in which neighborhood I'll stay in espacilly that I travel with family! Also Airbnb location map isnt always accurate many times some host told me the location shows in map isnt the location for the apartment (airbnb map shift it) that what they say! I think its my right to know where exactly I'll be staying before paying just like any other website! and this one thing I dislike about airbnb!
I agree Elaine in Spain. I host and the map shows the area and someone can see what the town is like on google for example. At this very moment am on here as I have a guy who was meant to be staying with me for a week from tonight but hasnt booked. I am worried he might just turn up thinking he has! I preapproved but he never booked. So glad I have not given my address in advance and the map doesnt show the street.
@Rania/Sara Hi Sara, it is for the hosts safety as much as anything else! I understand you are a travelling guest but, put yourself in the hosts shoes! Someone sees your Airbnb listing and you show it to its best advantage in the pictures. You show all the features you have....that big screen TV, great new Meile dishwasher and all the other nice things you offer, and, next thing a truck turns up and cleans you out. Over the years it has happened countless times. Here in the Community Centre we have seen a number of posts refering to this problem.
Nobody gets to see the hosts exact location until they have booked and paid so there is a record of them with their verfications. It is to prevent fraud and theft.
Sara, it is the best way to stop those with ill intenet and if there is a specific location you wish to be near you can always ask the host for a more detailed description in the message stream. As a host it is also wise never to put a street photo of your listing public. This makes a property easy to target.
The other reason for providing little information before a booking is to discourage users from bypassing the Airbnb system. There is a lot of interlectual property involve here and a massive amount of back-up that is required to support the platform. The last thing Airbnb want to do is facilitate the communication of host and guest outside the platform.