It’s not that locals are bad. It’s that I have to ask myself, why would a local book?
If they have a home in the area, what do they want to do in my house that they can’t do in theirs?
Do they even have a home? Are they transients?
It sounds like you live in the suburbs of some city and occasionally book a place in town so you and your wife can enjoy city life for a weekend. To me that’s different than what I’m talking about.
My listing is in the suburbs of New York. I can understand why someone from New York would want to visit here to see the local college, historic sites and get away from the city for a weekend.
What I don’t see is a good reason for someone who lives one town over in a similar suburb to book my place. My house is just a basic, small house. It’s not like a spa or resort.
I’ve had to decline several requests from young locals who wanted to “hang out” at my place or throw a birthday party. Not worth the risk.
The issue is that we are penalized for declining too many guests. That’s why I was wondering about putting “no locals” in the listing, so I don’t have to decline them.
There is huge difference between discrimination against people who live locally and appear to be planning a party and discrimination based on race, religion etc.