I’ve read from other hosts on this topic a few times and simply cannot get around people who simply do not follow the rules or flat out lie about their stay. I have a home in San Diego pretty close to the beach and my neighbors have complaints at least ever other week and are threatening to go to the city along with the fact they’ve had to call the authorities several times on guests.
Airbnb does not seem to allow you to “fine” guests via their deposit so at this point I’m wondering what I can do legally? I know there are companies that monitor decibel levels and can alert/text but this doesn’t seem to be enough. I’ve thought about connecting z-wave plugs to the stereo system and being able to remotely shut it down, but even that seems like it may cross boundaries where I could get in trouble as the host.
Other things I’m considering:
1.) Requiring more than a 2-day stay minimum.
2.) Lowering the amount of allowed people at the house (currently I advertise 8, thinking about going to 6).
3.) Removing access to my exterior hot tub (guests have already been causing problems with this).
4.) Lowering the price point as I’m increasing the minimum stay length, hopefully to attract more families vs people who are just trying to cram a ton of friends in to party for a weekend.
I would love other advice here. I’ve thought I was doing a good job of filtering guests, messaging them to let them know the rules and they agree to them - yet at least 40% of my guests end up causing problems with noise and partying.