I’m having some guests snoop pretty hardcore. More than usual. Recently I cleaned the room and noticed they went into the main electrical panel, the utility room and several other really out of the way places. Thats on just a one night stay too. I’ve had this happen a lot lately so I explain to guests what these doors are. Doesn’t matter though. They still go in and I don’t want them doing anything with utilities.
I had another guest who rented one room and went into a different level of the home that although it wasn’t locked, it was explained to him that this is rented out to other guests. He was a first time Airbnb user and we had our ‘pep talk’ and thought we had an understanding. I checked my Ecobee thermostat and noticed that part of the house was occupied when it shouldn’t be. I wanted to know who it was so I checked the outdoor cameras to see who was home and I saw this guest walking around the property with his camera phone out in front of him like he was documenting. This was right in front of my neighbor too who was out doing yard work. That would concerning to me if some stranger was walking around my neighbors property recording. Then he went inside and snooped all over inside apparently. This was all right after I left. So its like he started snooping as soon as I left him alone for a moment. I was at work but I called this guest about it and asked him what he was doing. He said he was just being nosy and apologized. He sounded really embarrassed and I said it was no big deal but reiterated that other guests have an expectation of privacy in these area and none of the amenities in his listing are located on that level. I told him that all of the places mentioned in the listing or shown in photos are for him. I don’t have a ‘don’t go here or there’ in my rules because they’re already long enough and this is a big house.
My feeling is that these are because of all the stories on social media about hidden cameras in Airbnb’s and these guests are out hunting for hidden camera treasure or something. I don’t really know if that’s what they’re doing because I haven’t asked. Should I ask? The guest who I called seemed really offput and I haven’t uncovered his review yet but I’m assuming its going to include something about that.
The guests who were snooping in the electric panel, utility closet etc already left a raving positive review but I’m wondering if I should ask them what all the snooping was about? I don’t want them to get offput and not return. Its kind of becoming a problem with the snooping though. I already have my cabinets locked up, host closets locked up but its almost to the point that I’m going to have to lock up the electric panel and utility room. Thats going to require some effort and it poses some difficulties in case I’m out and a circuit breaker trips or utility work needs done.