I rent a small self-contained room where we live, plus rent out a beach house in a remote village on the coast.
Today I got an enquiry for the beach house.
The first enquiry was this. “We have 5people,do you have house for rent?” The enquiry was for a 2 week period - so that’s a lot of money. It normally only rents during peak season. There was no name, just Taiwanese symbols, so not having those on my keyboard, I had to respond. Hello…,
I responded that the house was available but I wanted to ensure they had read the full listing, understood the remote location of the house and the unusual layout of the house.
The reply came back. “We are working holiday.”
I again asked if they had read and understood the listing.
Third reply. “Want to Costa working”
Oh well. It would have been an excellent booking but in all good conscience I cannot put non-English speakers in a rough coastal town where anyone who comes from more than 4 hours away is considered a ‘bloody foreigner mate’ I just imagined them trying to deal with the 1 local shop, or the local airport where they have to shoo the kangaroos from the runway. Or the pub which is the only place to eat and where even some Australians can barely understand the accents.
Airbnb must be hard for non-English speakers - I wonder when they’re going to expand to translations etc.