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I just started with Airbnb. I have my first guest staying and a second guest just inquired about bringing an extra 4 kids for a party on the lake. She is showing only 1 guest and I can host 4, so I am assuming she will be alone with 7 kids - on the lake.
I asked her how old the kids are and how many adults will be supervising them.
She hasn’t replied - I haven’t approved or declined.
I am afraid to decline my second guest, but I really can’t approve 1 adult and 7 kids here either…
Wise decision! You are the host and you set the rules. You host four, she wants to bring 10. You’ll find that guests will propose all manner of shenanigans when inquiring. You can just respond to them kindly, reiterate your rules, assure them they’ll find the perfect place for them, and move on. I like to think that inquiries help you to find your host backbone for when a booking request comes in and/or you have to deal with current guests who are breaking house rules. So, consider it a workout–and you hit your goal for the day–good work!
I expressly say no parties and 4 guests. Her official inquiry said 1 guest and when I asked about all those kids then she said there would be 4 adultsand 7 kids. Which leads to a question. What if she would have just booked it and all these people showed up? What do you do? Call police or ?
Not call the police. You call Airbnb and explain that the reservation is cancelled because they violated your rules. And don’t let all those people in if you greet them. Thing is people like that choose places that are self check in.
And you also will get better at sniffing them out!
There seems to be something in the water here at the moment. We don’t accept kids under 10 for safety reasons, peppered throughout our listing. It’s the last holiday weekend in the UK before Christmas, and the last gasp for parents to go away with their kids, so we’re fairly quiet. Just today I have had one enquiry for our two bedroom suite, for parents and two children, with requests to put an extra bed up plus fruit, champagne and chocolates; a third party booking to boot. Yet another enquiry for our other listing of one double bedroom and bathroom; parents plus three children under six in one bed for three nights. GO AWAY! Earlier in the week I had one for the suite, for four adults and four children. That had me goggleyed about who would sleep where with whom, but I’m now used to it…
There seems to be a loss of perspective here. Although it’s funny, as a trend it’s disturbing. The powers that be could possibly insist that you have a liquor license. And what about your time, gas/petrol, etc? Sounds like they are asking you to host a small family reunion. This would cost a small fortune in a hotel.