Faheem, yes, the email said that it was temporary and that I needed to keep
hosting the booked reservations and had to get my average above 4*. But
even if all of my bookings had given me 5*, there wouldn’t have been enough
to bring the average back up above 4*, because there just wouldn’t have
been enough reviews in total to add up to that. Since I was new, there
would have not been any old good reviews. So, they wouldn’t have allowed me
to keep going.
I was even going to try that and had added my properties to homeaway a few
days before. All I got were 2 inquries by people who tried to push me hard
to lower my rates even further (more than 1 back and forth). I was going to
hang on, but when I got the call about the lighting being too low for
make-up I just snapped.
I’ve been a landlord for many years and have had my share of good and bad
tenants, so, I’m not new to ‘hosting’ people. But these temporary people
are something else.
I’m really relieved and will just continue with long-term rental.
I suspect it will get even more difficult with airbnb’s expected IPO next
year. They want to streamline it , like hotels, and weed out the quirky and
unpredictable. Sad, really, since it all started with an air mattress in a
San Francisco living room. It’s the quirky that attracted me. Not
interested in being a hotelier.