Airbnb Apartments - A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 27 - Last Post: Jul 12, 2013 11:54 AM Last Post By: willysnoutredux
Jul 9, 2013 12:05 PM
15I don't think AirBnb has much legal recourse against owners who cancel other than taking them off the listings after some number of late cancellations. The owners don't get paid until your stay and Airbnb is merely acting a broker and is holding on to your/their money. Also, punitive damages in a purely contractual dispute are hard to enforce.
I know a few people who list their places and my sense is that they only cancel when the place is suddenly not available for a reason out of their control. I also think there is a big difference between people who rent out their own homes when they are away, owners of vacation properties/2nd homes who list. I know someone who rents out a friend's place when they are out of town and sometimes schedules change.
And in LA (the city and probably also most cities in LA Country), like in Chicago, subletting your apartment is generally not permitted.
Jul 9, 2013 4:06 PM
16While it is like it is - it's just another money-grub good idea (when is the IPO - will the founders net $200m for this lot - like everyone else does?)
Of course! This is America, and it's business. I quite strongly doubt that AirBnB is doing this out of the goodness of someone's free-spirited heart. Behind every one of these things, there is some oily Silicon Valley venture capitalist looking to cash in. There are other so-called "peer-to-peer" things out there, a couple examples being Lyft and Sidecar, in which private car owners function as taxicabs. Sounds like a great idea until the driver crashes and you get hurt.
I take all of these things case by case. After all, oily powers our world, be it our cars or our California high-tech venture capitalists. Try to avoid it, and soon enough you will be pounding rocks. For whatever reason, I have never trusted AirBnB. Nothing personal, no grudge. I was simply skeptical, sort of like I was skeptical that Pets.com would work as a place to buy dog food. (I loved the sock-puppet commercials though.) Back to AirBnB, the "cautionary tale" by ian tells me what I need to know.
AirBnB, we never got to know each other, and I think it's safe to say that we never will.
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Jul 11, 2013 9:50 AM
23It's a buyer beware situation.
AirBnB is not the seller. They're mearly a box via which people put in their wares. Some sellers are honest and sell a good product. Others are scammers. Too many, for my taste.
Um, Jb, you're in a minority and have no understanding what it was like prior to the law. But hey, nice having strangers walk in and out of your building and not knowing who they are. Gave a real sense of safety.
Jul 11, 2013 2:42 PM
24AirBnB is not the seller. They're mearly (sic) a box via which people put in their wares.
I disagree with that reading of the situation ... airbnb is very much in control - they hold the reins with respect to both the owners and the customers ... much more hands-on than say ebay, and making a great deal of money out of their business model. And their website is kind of creepy though.
Jul 11, 2013 2:55 PM
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