I looked at the listing again to see if there were any new reviews. Since the time I booked about a month ago he has had two cancelations: one 9 days before the reservation and the other 11 days before the reservation.
If this happens to me, I’m confident I can find another place if he cancels in the 9-11 day ballpark. It’s New York, where there are hundreds and hundreds of listing. I’m not very picky. All I care about is safe, basic cleanliness and AC.
However, seeing the cancelations made me go back through his reviews very carefully. There were two very last minute cancelations. One in 2014 for the day before the reservation was to begin and the other in 2015 for 2 days before.
I don’t know how I missed it before, but I did. It was the first Airbnb I booked out of 6 for this summer. I probably read the first 10 or so reviews and assumed it was fine. All of his 35 reviews are good and he has 5 stars.
Would you just wait it out and hope for the best? How helpful will Airbnb if it’s a truly last minute cancelation like the same day or the day before?
The place is a stellar value for New York, so I’d rather not antagonize the host prematurely. He has a strict cancellation policy.