This is the longest thread – ever! I admit to not reading all of the posts so this is probably a reiteration of the above. My place can house up to five people – two bedrooms with queen beds and a convertible sofa that is really only comfortable for one person. Via three bad experiences, I have learned not to accept groups of 20-30 somethings who are not related to each other. In other words, two of the guests need to be married. Otherwise, when the damage happens (and it DOES!), they blame each other and no one takes responsibility. It becomes a huge run-around and Airbnb has a difficult time resolving the issue(s). I’ve had a cigarette burn in my brand new sofa, red wine puke on the carpet (that they tried to clean with a bleach bathroom cleaner – carpet is forever ruined), and five trips to the dumpster of empty beer and liquor cans/bottles (along with cigarette butts in the inside trash and complaints about an “alarm” all night, which turned out to be my refrigerator they left open, probably due to all the alcohol). I also do not allow children – liability concerns and they break things. Non-moving babies are fine, in fact I currently have a family with a three-month old and supplied them with a pack-n-play. I have done third party reservations but the last one was a disaster. I cried when I entered my townhome – it was such a mess and they totally destroyed the screen door to my sliding glass door. I kept their entire damage deposit. That was a personal consultant booking for his rich clients from Mexico, who I am sure were used to having maids. But, other times – when a younger people booked for their relatives that didn’t have a social media account, it was fine. I also don’t accept ANY bookings from anyone asking for a discount. It is always surprising how mad they get when I decline and tell them that my town has MANY beautiful Airbnb places that will better suit their budget. The bargain hunters will always nick you on “value”, no matter what. When they reply to my decline with a nasty gram, I have to bite my lip and not send a response saying, “and you just proved my point”. I recently accepted a booking from a woman who asked for a discount AFTER the booking, saying that September was not a high booking time. I told her that, I am sorry but no, I do not give discounts, and September (and October) are still high booking months because of the fact that my place is in a university town and she booked during a home football game. I offered a full refund, even though I have a strict cancellation policy, but she said that she still wanted to stay at my place. I’ll let you know what kind of review she leaves. I bet she nicks me on “value”!