Hi Dominic, I was thinking that to. Airbnb has always been about hospitality ie, focus more on hosting. So maybe they prefer the process of guests staying in a hosts home with them, rather than renting a separate apt…I dunno, obviously more to it…but
If you read Airs response in the article, they say:
When contacted by the BBC, the company said: "Our mission is to allow Airbnb guests to connect with hosts who provide local and authentic experiences that make cities better places to live, work and visit. We routinely carry out initiatives for quality purposes and adherence to this mission…
"As said previously, this is not unusual or unique. It’s routine activity that happens around the world. "
Also just read this in the terms and conditions:
Suspension, Termination and Airbnb Account Cancellation
We may, in our discretion and without liability to you, with or without cause, with or without prior notice and at any time, decide to limit, suspend, deactivate or cancel your Airbnb Account. If we exercise our discretion under these Terms to do so, any or all of the following can occur with or without prior notice or explanation to you: (a) your Airbnb Account will be deactivated or suspended, your password will be disabled, and you will not be able to access the Site, Application, Services, your Airbnb Account, your Member Content, or receive assistance from Airbnb Customer Service, (b) any pending or accepted future bookings as either Host or Guest will be immediately terminated, © we may communicate to your Guests or Hosts that a potential or confirmed booking has been cancelled, (d) we may refund your Guests in full for any and all confirmed reservations, irrespective of preexisting cancellation policies, (e) we may contact your Guests to inform them about potential alternate Accommodations with other Hosts that may be available on the Site, Application and Services, and (f) you will not be entitled to any compensation for reservations or bookings (even if confirmed) that were cancelled as a result of a suspension, deactivation or termination of your Airbnb Account. You may cancel your Airbnb Account at any time via the “Cancel Account” feature of the Services or by sending us an email. Please note that if your Airbnb Account is cancelled, we do not have an obligation to delete or return to you any Content you have posted to the Site, Application and Services, including, but not limited to, any reviews or Feedback.
Did you have any guests booked in?