We just had our first experience of guests who smoked in our Airstream when we have a clear no smoking policy (I have photos of the evidence). I have searched for any info on how to handle or charge for this but not finding anything and unfortunately we're beyond the 48 hour security deposit timeline as it was over the holidays and things were crazy. Anyone have experience with this they can share/thoughts/etc?
Thanks- Jeremy from Malibu
I have banned all smokers - however people still arrive and I see them creep out at strange times of the day to take a stroll !! On their own mostly - leaving their non smoking partners inside our cabin. Today’s guest I spoke to him when he was walking back - he stunk of cigarettes and now he is spending his second night in my smoke free cabin - guess I’m going to have a right job washing everything before my next guests arrive - I’m furious - can we ask them to leave if we smell smoke on them ? Would they demand a refund ? I really would do that !!
If it is in your house rules and in your listing that you only accept non smokers then call Airbnb and they will be removed from your property as they have broken house rules.
I had a guest arrive whom stank of cig smoke, called Airbnb and the guests booking was immediately canceled ... and Airbnb organised somewhere else for them to stay.
Fortunately the guest understood and did not leave a bad review
It's because of bad guests that I've decided to remove the instant book feature from some my listings. I think that I'll have to go the next step and at least ask potential guests if they are smokers or not. Are we allowed to discriminate based on if a guest smokes or not? Hmmm
I can feel your pain....
I have had few bad experiences including the fact that an extra guest stay for the day and night leaving few minutes after I tried to send the charge for his extra friend, they obviously denied it when they actually where saying good byes almost in front of me. Airbnb wanted me to provide them with pictures. How can I do that when they all inside the property and one of them acting aggressively!?
I have a non smoking policy, and I satate in the house rules that smoking in the flat has a penalty charge of 200€.
I have photos of burned cigarettes of the guest on the living room table (partly burned) airbnb did cover some of the addicional cleaning 25€ but did not enforce the penalty.
really disappointed with airbnb!! And most of all with some people with very bad maners and education
We have the same situation that the number of stayed guests often doesnt match on the reservation and it happens quite often. It is almost impossible to show pictures or proof to Airbnb how many guests that acturally have been staying. Most of the time guests get away with the extra person that not being registered on the reservation. I have started asking guests upfront how many adults and children will be staying in the beginning of the first conversation, so the guest would have to think twice before trying to under count the number of guests.
I have a very strict policy that I only accept non smokers, and this is mention 3 times in the listing and in house rules.
Last thursday I had a late booking and when the guest arrived at 21.15 hrs he stank of cigarette smoke.
He admitted he was a smoker, I was able to contact AirBnB and they immediately cancelled his booking with no refund (Moderate Policy) and rehoused him with another hoste.
Saved me a lot of hassle .... thanks to CS Airbnb
I do feel if you do not want to have smokers in your property then make it very clear in your listing and house rules that you only accept non smokers and if anyone arrives smelling of cigarette smoke you can have them moved on
I just had a guest, who is clearly a smoker, check in last night. I don't know that he has smoked on my property (yet), but the smell is awful.
Anyway, I'm wondering if you could share the language of your smoking policy here so I can see it as an example and use stronger language in my house rules moving forward.
We know that Guests do not often read any rules but I am pretty sure that a Smoker would expect no smoking as a default, smokers usually ask me if it is OK to smoke outside, it is, but I have a lot of land and stong winds.
If you dio not want them to smoke inside or outside I would put a sign up with a heft penalty, OK the penalty is uneforcable but might make them think.
I had thought of one of these:
Hi David my neighbor and I have that sign posted on our houses. I also have no smoking placards in the bathroom and on the entry door inside the apartment. Guest come and ignore and then deny. I’m waiting to see what Airbnb do now. Do a security deposit help deter the behavior?
Hi Bonnie, so sorry as only just found your reply.
If you look at my listing will give you an idea that I do not accept smokers.
In the House manual which my guests receive immediately after they have booked states;
"If you smoke we respectively request you cancel your booking."
I then follow this up with a welcome message, giving directions, Breakfast preference (allergies etc), reminder of no shoes policy in the home due to light coloured carpets
"that this is a non smoking home and do not accept smokers"
I have received requests from people who ask to stay and promise not to smoke in my home, the answer is always the same .... NO ... smokers have no idea how much they stink, its on their clothes, in their hair, in their luggage and I do not want my home contaminated.
Guests book my room in the safe knowledge that this home is clean, fresh and will never smell of **bleep** smoke
Dude, calm down. You’re not better than anyone else because you don’t smoke. When you write “no smokers”, you’re explicitly singling out a group of people, not an act. You sound like a prejudiced **bleep**.