Honestly, I wouldn’t mind. I think hosts have the right to my ID if I’m going to rent their property. I’ve always had to show an ID to stay at a hotel or to rent an apartment. I’ve had to hand over my passport to stay in hostels. I think it’s completely odd (maybe even atrocious) that Airbnb has created a situation where it’s become acceptable that property owners don’t know who is staying in their property.
I don’t ask for IDs of my guests and I understand the Airbnb ropes, but it is precisely why I limit the duration of stays and go to great lengths to vet my guests. It’s worked out okay for me so far, but I do worry about some issue coming up where I might need the guest’s actual ID information, if for nothing else to have their actual name.
As Airbnb more fervently encourages long term stays, I believe this issue will become bigger and bigger. In a different post today, a host has been put in the position to deal with a guest who has legally become a tenant. I gave her several options of notices to send and forms to file, but then realized she might not be able to because she doesn’t have the guest’s ID or home address and may not even have the guest’s real name.
When hosts have long term stays, numerous laws, regulations and procedures clash with Airbnb’s policy of not giving hosts legal information about their guests. I am confident that there will be more and more issues as they press hosts to do long term stays. They are ultimately asking hosts to be landlords and to operate locally under landlord-tenant law but to do it without any of the information or tools that is expected for landlords to have.