Thanks. That’s exactly what I wanted to know.
Oh, details. Just a mess. Tried to be nice. Failed. Probably screwed up royally.
Third-party IB by new profile “M" for her brother and his girlfriend, one night (same night as reservation), for his birthday. Spent seven hours trying to communicate with M on the platform. No response. Finally occurred to me to text her about the third-party thing. Copied my text to the platform. Two hours later, finally a response from M. By text. Encouraged her to use platform; told her to check Airbnb notification setting. No response.
Agreed (by text, copied to the platform) to accept the third-party booking provided we had names of guests and a cell phone where I could first send them house rules and check-in info.
Two more hours and finally a response from M, by text. Then started getting texts from the actual “guests”—“N" and “K." Explained again re third-party thing but said we’d welcome them, provided our house rules were okay with them.
Another hour—now past the time they said they’d check in. Text request from K for “their” money back. Far as I know, N and K paid no money. M did. And I wasn’t much inclined to refund anything after all the trouble.
Asked them (by text) to have M cancel (if that’s possible after check-in time). Said if the reservation got canceled and we rebooked it (no chance in hell—it was 9 p.m. last night), I’d give M a 50% refund, after Air paid us.
Then nasty texts from K. She had no idea there were “rules.” No idea we lived here. No idea we had dogs. No idea there was a cancellation policy, etc., etc. All worded quite nastily. And none of it on the platform. Fortunately, I doubt that any of them ever knew our address, since M apparently never saw anything from Air.
Finally told M, on the platform, that N and K decided not to check in. Told her she could try to cancel, details about possibility of 50% refund. Suggested N and K use their own profile in future and be sure to read through the entire listing (as well as rules and cancellation policy) before booking. M probably never saw it, since she never communicated at all on the platform. But I was done.
Last time I try to do a third-party booking.