Most Airbnb renters are people who just want somewhere to stay. A few, however, are crazed party animals, home wreckers, orgy organisers or directors of porn films.
Recently, a group of friends who rented a Paris apartment through Airbnb to hold a party found a corpse in the garden. They cancelled the party. See: Airbnb rental partygoers find corpse in garden
Corpses are rare (fortunately). Loud parties are more common. Now, Airbnb is making it easier for neighbours to complain quickly if loud parties are held next door, or within earshot.
The development was first announced in Japan earlier this week and will go live on the site later this month, according to reports on Bloomberg.
From next month, neighbours should be able to enter comments in an online form. Airbnb’s customer support team will review feedback swiftly and can take action as they see fit.
Airbnb is expanding rapidly. Although most rentals are hassle free, a small minority have triggered scandals and outrage. In one incident, a married couple who let out their beautifully furnished home for the weekend via Airbnb returned to find the entire house trashed and stinking, with food and garbage strewn everywhere and wads of condoms floating in the toilet. See: Party animals hired Airbnb home for sex and drug orgy
Quite apart from the sex and drugs, partygoers had apparently fought a duel in the hallway with squirt bottles of mayonnaise and tomato sauce.
In another incident, the owner of a grand and historic California mansion was last November suing a film production company, alleging that after she advertised her property as a holiday rental through Airbnb, a hardcore gay porno film producer rented it under an assumed name and treated the place so vilely it had to be decontaminated. See: Revolting details of trashed mansion may rattle Airbnb
Airbnb has a USD 1 Million Host Guarantee, which covers a host’s property in the very rare event of major damage.
Written by Peter Needham