Vacationing household finds Airbnb rental unavailable, listed by somebody who did not personal it


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – It is formally summertime and lots of households are heading to Virginia Seaside for some enjoyable within the solar.

Nonetheless, a Missouri household’s trip did not go fairly as deliberate. They stated the seashore rental they booked by way of Airbnb wasn’t really accessible.

The household stated they drove 15 hours solely to search out out the holiday rental had been listed by an Airbnb host who didn’t really personal the house. The corporate stated this can be a uncommon incidence and the host has been faraway from the platform.

“It was like, ‘Is that this actually taking place?'” stated vacationer Missy Bersing.

The household booked a week-long keep a few weeks in the past at a trip house in Sandbridge by way of Airbnb. As recommended by the corporate, Bersing stated she communicated by way of Airbnb with somebody claiming to be the host’s private assistant earlier than the journey.

“What obtained me is that he went a lot into element about issues: ‘You going to deliver animals? What number of youngsters?'” she stated

Bersing stated they had been instructed they might verify in early, however a cleansing crew was on the house after they arrived. They got here again a number of hours later, however this time, the door code they got did not work.

Bersing known as and messaged the host, however she stated they by no means answered or known as again.

“I known as the signal on the home the place it stated Sandbridge Realty they usually had been very good, however they assured me that it isn’t rented by Airbnb,” she stated. “It was simply such a disappointment.”

Bersing instantly contacted Airbnb and native resorts, however nothing was accessible for his or her group of 16.

“We ended up leaving and began heading again to St. Louis,” Bersing stated. “I don’t perceive Airbnb sufficient to know how they will let someone record one thing after they don’t personal it.”

Airbnb despatched an announcement, saying: “We’re dissatisfied to listen to that Ms. Bersing and her household’s journey was disrupted, and we’re offering them with our full help together with a refund for this expertise. These cases are uncommon, however after they occur our Neighborhood Help Crew works exhausting to make issues proper. We’ve eliminated this host from our platform.”

Airbnb stated its Neighborhood Requirements coverage “prohibits the usage of somebody’s property with out their permission.” It additionally stated that based on its refund coverage, the corporate will assist company to rebook “ought to they arrive at a list that’s totally different than what was marketed” or present a full refund. Airbnb additionally has a number verification course of listed on its web site.

“Airbnb hosts don’t obtain funds for journeys till 24 hours after their company have efficiently checked in, which helps to disincentive any such conduct,” the corporate stated within the assertion. “To that finish, we are able to affirm that the host right here didn’t revenue or receives a commission with this reservation.”

Nonetheless, a scan of reports headlines reveals that some proportion of vacationers do fall sufferer to bogus trip rental listings every year. The Higher Enterprise Bureau suggests scrutinizing pictures on the property to verify they’re genuine, staying in communication along with your host to ascertain that they’re skilled and attentive, and to watch out for last-minute modifications that will reveal one thing just isn’t proper.

Regardless of the expertise, Bersing stated returning to the realm just isn’t out of the query.

“We’d love to return and e book by way of Sandbridge and keep there,” she stated.

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