5 Reasons Why Airbnb is a Dangerous Lodging Choice
August 7, 2018
Short term rentals sound like a great idea, but aside from being completely unregulated there are larger concerns that we have with the safety of these lodgings.
YOU COULD BE FINED $1,000 OR MORE OR SLEEP ON THE STREET
The biggest problem with Airbnb is hosts cancelling on you last minute. Most
short-term rentals are not licensed and thus illegal. At the time of writing almost
80% of online listings were not licensed. You and the owner could be fined. And
with a lot of cities cracking down on Airbnb (this is also why people cancel on you), surrendering your passport to the
local authorities until you pay your $1000 fine is not the best way to start a
YOU COULD DIE IN A FIRE
Because they are not licensed, they are also not regulated by the local Building
& Fire Prevention department to ensure that the residential property is in
compliance with the fire and safety codes for transient use. If a fire breaks
out, you are on your own. There have been many instances of tragic hotel fires with
massive loss of life and these codes were put in place to save lives.
YOU CAN GET REALLY SICK
Short-term rentals do not adhere to the health and human safety standards that
a hotel or motel would follow. Like controlling
the spread of communicable disease and maintaining safety and sanitary
conditions. The biggest Airbnb complaints are extreme bug infestations, unsafe amenities, dangerous animals and the presence of illegal drugs.
YOU ARE DESTROYING LOCAL CULTURE
Short-term rentals disrupt the quality
of life in local residential neighborhoods. They essentially destroy what you
are looking to find on a vacation “local culture”. And that is why cities are so concerned about the Airbnb. Most owners are absentee landlords, leaving you to fend for yourself.
YOU PERSONAL SAFETY IS AT RISK
Taxes that licensed hotels pay, ultimately
benefit the entire community. In particular when it comes to personal safety
for you, the traveler. Airbnb’s are prone to break-in’s and theft and because
of the transient nature of guests, the neighborhood has no vested interest in
helping you or keeping you safe. You could end up staying with a convicted felon, a registered sex offender, a thief, or a conniving scam artist. There is a reason why hotels developed
electronic keys for elevator access, security cameras and 24-hour staffed front
The best option for traveling is still a
hotel. Hotels can be booked easily online, but if you want some custom advice
on the best hotels it would be our pleasure to assist you. Send us a message on
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forward to chatting.
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