1 night guest said it was for her and her son who was getting setup in college. It was actually a rental for her son to have a little party. She didn’t stay there. There was smoking, a smoke detector went off and was removed. The airbnb guest in the other unit can corroborate all of this (and the offending guests’ own airbnb messaging can too). The guest was not at all contrite when I reach out.
Emotionally I want to report but I feel pretty certain the rational thing is to just move on and not report. The smell is gone now according to new guests (I guess one day smoking is not permanent), there was no damage besides above average cleaning effort, the offending guest is local and obviously knows where I live so I don’t want to bring anything bad onto myself or my family.
I know from reading on these boards most would feel I should report to protect other hosts. In reality the warning signs were pretty obvious (very poor writing, guest had to go to bank in order to pay, didn’t seem intelligent, guest was local). I was feeling liberal but most hosts would be smart enough to say no. Though some might be fooled/busy like me.
What would airbnb do, ban the person from the platform? Would they do anything for me? I feel like life is short and I don’t want to blow this up into a bigger problem for me if the person becomes vengeful.