I’d think twice about listing my house on Airbnb if I thought that a wild party might be held there while I was away. If there’s going to be one of those at my house, I’d at least like to be invited.
“It’s incredibly rare, but it does happen,” Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky told Yahoo’s Katie Couric in an video interview.
Airbnb has gotten some bad press over reports of people renting Airbnb properties for parties and such. “We’ve removed thousands and thousands of people from the community,” Chesky told Couric.
One New York City Airbnb member, Ari Teman, reports coming home to $87,000 worth of damage to his apartment after some crazies organized, promoted and held an “XXX Freak Fest” party there. Teman posted a blog containing his complaint to Airbnb about the apartment-jacking, which begins thusly:
“Usually I am a fan of your service. However, I have a minor bone to pick with you, in that it appears my apartment was reserved for some major boning. Also, it appears some stuffed animals were abused.”
Airbnb’s model is great in a lot of ways, but it is vulnerable to home wreckers. The person who rented Teman’s was a local man who explained that he wanted to rent a place for some relatives who were coming into town. Teman says the man was an Airbnb “Verified” member who had several good reviews. Teman suspects the reviews may have been faked.
Airbnb’s Chesky says his company has learned its lesson from experiences like Teman’s, and now has 100 people dedicated to making sure those things don’t happen.
Hat tip: Business Insider