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A guest had cancelled their reservation on me the last second. Demanded a full refund but we explained how.the strict policy we have in place works.
He retaliated by leaving a 1 star review that only says he doesnt like how the strict policy works and nothing to do with me and the reservation. Initially I told airbnb the situation and said a guest shouldn’t be allowed to leave a poor review when the substance isn’t relevant to their stay which didn’t even happen.
They said it doesnt go against their review policy which says different when I read them.
After that my account was suspended for 30 days. During that period I had three other guess leave 5 star reviews back to back.
Last night received an email last night saying they have closed down just my hosting account and not traveling.
I had asked a specialist about it which he said I could try to appeal it. I told him what’s going on recently and how I have good intentions to make everything right to be a good host. I had spent a huge amount of time and money with renovation work while my account was placed on a 30 day suspension.
I’m curious if anyone else has ever dealt with a situation like this before and what did they do and the results of it or know if a similar situation.
I did realize I had an old account I never used but it set up from a long time ago before I became serious with the account I’m using now. I never listed or used it before but it’s there and gives me the option of creating a list.
In the worst case scenario that airbnb doesnt consider my reappeal and being able to lift the closed hosting part of my account what would be my next possible options if I try to make this work with Airbnb.
Should I just delete this account all together and try to use and build up the old account I have that I never use?
In the link I have screenshots of the messages I received from an email and messages of what the airbnb specialist told me.
In the second link i have screen shots of what my current account appears as. Then i have images of how the old account looks like “Angus”. Any tips or suggestions or anything would be greatly greatly appreciated.
What seems to work the fastest is a Tweet to AirBnB’s Twitter account. Being a tweet it has to be short and to the point. Like “Guest canceled on check-in day, never stayed, gave me 1 star review because of my strict cancellation policy. Now AirBnB suspends my listing? Why?”
If you do a search on this forum for “AirBnB Twitter” you’ll get more info.
“As you know, your host account has been suspended multiple times over the past year.”
This is saying the deactivation isn’t just due to a one-time event. Maybe you’re new and were just unlucky with a couple of guests, but if not, then you’re not likely to fair any better with a different account, at least not after a few months. Either way, you need to come up with a plan to fix what’s causing your low ratings, otherwise, you’ll be in the same position again a year from now.
@Achilles666 If you’ve gotten recent 5 star reviews, it sounds like you’ve tried to address the failings that got you the low reviews, so kudos on that. If you really wanted to stay on AirBNB, you could continue to fight. If the guest didn’t even stay at your listing you could escalate and maybe have that review removed, but WHY? I would suggest that you just delist from AirBNB and list on a different platform. Start anew. Why use a platform that is clearly kicking you to the curb?
If these renovations are your stay, then I would absolutely start from scratch. This went from “crappy builders grade entry level” to “hey that looks pretty sharp”. This will be much easier than trying to get your rating average up to 4.8 +.
Also, take a long, hard and honest look at WHY people gave you 1-4 stars. Don’t take it personally. Fix everything before you re-open.
Sometimes they are the gorillia and the judge and the jury. Sometimes they are really wrong. Maybe not in this case, but they can have too much power and decision making. What happened in the past here?
That is the real question, isn’t it? It could just be bad luck, but it could be that the listing or hosting style just isn’t compatible with Airbnb. Starting fresh on Airbnb without a real plan to correct the previous issues just isn’t likely to have a happy ending.
I don’t care. I don’t think being an airbnb host is that difficult. I can’t imagine being suspended multiple times. Yes, I have my biases, well documented here. I have no help to offer but I’m not going to interfere with those who wish to do so.
No that’s not the case. This Is the first time I had been placed on a suspension period. I have had my account placed on a 7 day pause period twice around the beginning when I first started. The first first time it was paused it was an error in their system which they were apologetic for which they try to fix by giving me 200 dollars fo compensate for the lost bookings. The second time I guess my rating fell down a little bit. So technically my listing was paused once before for seven days in the past and that’s it.
I have. Mostly it’s from guest not getting their way or trying to retaliate…I went the extra mile, installed a pool, deck, renovated the inside the whole 9 yards and bam I was closed down. I was determined to have the best listing to offer in the area