Am I being paranoid? A guest messaged that she and her husband wanted to book for 7 nights, visiting family and being tourists. I sent a pre-approval. Then she wanted a discount (no). Then she wanted to use the kitchen (sorry. Clearly stated in listing no kitchen use)
I removed the pre-approval and declined her request.
She messaged again saying she and her boyfriend still wanted to book. I had her confirm that she understood the house rules, had read the listing, and accepted that there would be no use of kitchen. She confirmed all that and booked. She then booked another stay with a two-day break in between it and her first stay.
She messaged that she wanted to alter both reservations. I accepted her change requests.
Red flags waving. I called Airbnb to ask how I could cancel. No way to cancel without host penalty. I decided to let the two bookings stand, as long as Air confirmed that today’s conversation could be easily pulled up if an issue arose during her stay.
The guest messaged to acknowledge the altered booking. I replied asking her to please read the entire listing, our profile, and the houserules. Especially the no kitchen and no guests bit, the we are always here as we work from home bit. I pointed out that we have dogs and cats in the house. I asked for the name of the second guest on the booking. She replied that she had reread everything.
I still don’t know if she’s coming with her husband or with her boyfriend, or what his name is. Oh, and she changed her last name on the booking to what I assume is a nickname.