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It’s been a while since we had a posting about automatic cancellations
Here’s what I think is a new spin
Ex neighbors who have rented from me off Airbnb platform off season several times in past. I can’t juggle private rentals during the season. (Too easy to double book. ).
They signed up, made reservation request, I accepted, few hours later auto-cancellation. I contacted Airbnb and explained history. They could not explain cancellation to me, said they could only explain to guest
Guest contacted Airbnb, found out it was related to 15 -20 yr old arrest. It was related to his wild younger drinking & partying days. Sober now. Has 10 yr chip plus more.
They won’t approve him now, even at my request.
Alcoholism is a medical condition. After over a decade of clean living, he is being punished.
For all Airbnb’s rhetoric about not allowing discrimination this feels discriminatory (btw he is of color)
Arrest rates are higher for people of color. Conviction rates (percentage of arrests convicted) are higher for people of color.
Annet3176 - The trick I learned here to protect from double-booking is to make those dates a crazy-high number (I add $1000 a night to the rate) and then block the dates. That way, if they get unblocked, we wouldn’t get a booking anyway, especially not before noticing the dates are unblocked.
They have certainly been doing this at least for the last four years @casailinglady. They use a third party agency to do the vetting for them. I believe they only do the more detailed personal checks (hosts and guests) in the US.
They don’t need your authorisation, you sign up to them doing this when you join.
I had to argue with them in the past, they acted like it was impossible for them to have unblocked dates. Speaking of things being changed, I just discovered AGAIN this morning that my listings had the check in time removed. I noticed and fixed this awhile back when a guest declared they would be checking in at 8:00 AM
It is exhausting to have to check everything all the time.
I’m closed but was looking at my listing this morning (for the cleaning designation) and decided to look around at where I’d show in search. I had to tweak some things that I can set for the beginning of the pandemic before I closed and noticed my check in time missing. So I guess I’ll have to start checking again regularly once reopening approaches.
You might have better luck than me, but every time I check it is missing - whether I wait 5 minutes or 5 days. There doesn’t seem to be anyway to keep it from disappearing. I’d recommend adding it to your house rules for CYA.