When you’re renting out your property for the first time, there’s a seemingly never-ending list of things to do. From automating check-in to sorting your vacation rental agreement, you’ll spend plenty of time perfecting each and every detail for your incoming guests.
But what happens when these guests aren’t what they seem?
While the majority of Airbnb hosts and other vacation rental owners will only have fantastic guest experiences to share, there are some very rare occasions when things don’t go exactly to plan.
Airbnb horror stories
Although we’re not trying to scare you, we’ve scoured the internet to collect some of the downright most disastrous Airbnb horror stories of the last few years.
Hopefully, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief reading these tales, knowing that it’s highly unlikely it’ll happen to you. Here are some of the worst Airbnb anecdotes we could find!
1. The flat that became a pop-up brothel
Upon arrival, he found empty wine and Prosecco bottles, along with used condoms and wrappers overflowing out of the bin. He suspects the escorts made a grand total of more than £5,000 during their two-night stay in his £85/night rental.
2. The “should have known” New Year’s disaster
3. The Airbnb apartment turned “junkie den”
As well as finding drug paraphernalia, drugs and other unidentifiable substances strewn across the apartment, Holly’s home had been completely ransacked with valuable items stolen, expensive rugs used as ashtrays and the only towels left behind were blood-soaked. The guest and her visitors caused more than $10,000 AUD worth of damage in total. Yikes!
4. The Airbnb Experience gone wrong
The party in question was fully equipped with a professional sound system and even a bouncer to approve tickets, squeezing an apparent 200 or so people into a one-bedroom apartment and partying until 6am. All while the Airbnb host was away in Vietnam and couldn’t do anything to help…
5. The Hangover movie set
6. The hosts who would’ve preferred their house had burned down
Police said they’d never seen a house which had been trashed so badly, and the owners themselves wished the house had burned down, rather than the total destruction that took place – food everywhere, occupants had urinated everywhere, and furniture such as sofas and tables were completely broken beyond repair. Police described the episode as a “drug-induced orgy” and an estimated $50-75,000 worth of damage was caused.
7. The house that actually burned down
“I used to work Customer Service for Airbnb. One night at around 4am, I got a call from a guest saying that the place they rented was burning down. Twenty minutes later, I got a call from a host saying that a guest had burned their place down. It wasn’t really my job to figure out who was at fault, or even what actually happened, but one thing was certain. That place did burn down.”
(Note to any guests reading: Airbnb customer help is not the fire department. Always call the emergency services before anyone else if the rental you are staying in starts to burn down.)
Happy hosting and, if you have any stories (good or bad) to share, we’d love to hear them in the comments.