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No. Where “it says they live” (if by that you mean their Airbnb profile is meaningless. Almost all my Army guests list some out of town location but they live here in El Paso. People who signed up 10 years ago and moved 5 times since then still have their original home. My American friends who emigrated to New Zealand and became NZ citizens lived and worked in China for 5 years. Where should they list their home on the profile? Where they reside currently, where they reside permanently, where their mail is sent, country of citizenship.
The first time that happened to me it weirded me out too, so I just asked. Amy had become Tony. That was that ,) Another time someone said they changed it to their legal name (vs preferred name) when they did the ID verify because they assumed they needed to. Another one told me they didn’t realize they had used their “performance name” when they signed up… Anyways, lots of reasons, I don’t even ask anymore.
LOL ok thank you yes it just totally threw me. Now I’m realizing she tried booking about a month ago was asking how to set up Airbnb then disappeared.
“This is corina… its my first time doing these stuff so i thought it was a scam so when i text you i realized its no scam… Remember i told you i lost my mom and im trying to come florida to finalize funeral arrangement
Because i tried last month and they scam me…
So thats why im trying to make sure that this is legit… Because i really need to come florida and somewhere to stay“
One of the early weird ones I got was a request from “Man.” This was before I was consistently using IB and had lurked here enough to be suspicious of the non-suspicious. I thought, I’m not approving some jerk who thinks it’s funny to call himself “Man.” Then I go to my computer and see it’s a Chinese woman named “Man.” I approved and was supplied with a last name and a great guest.
Yes, it’s annoying to wait for that and have it block the calendar. Or to block the calendar awaiting verification. Or to have a booking and the guest has only paid for half the stay (especially on a $60 stay!!) They don’t want guests jumping through all the hoops only to be interrogated and then turned down like we see so many hosts doing here. Anyone who has used Airbnb as a guest has probably had a bad experience. It’s not an easy process compared to booking a hotel or direct on a website.
So true! But you still need a photo ID to check into a hotel.
I’m still new I’ve only had 4 guests so far no issues I’ve had two people who were moving contact me directly and repeat stay off the Airbnb grid. I’m learning a lot through this group however it’s making me super skeptical, but still learning.
The nature of a forum is that people mostly end up here looking to complain. Someone like yourself who sought to learn BEFORE having problems is unusual. So the complaints, bad guest stories, etc are way out of proportion here. Every story of a stay that had no problems is just as valid as every horror story.