With the abundance of traveling that comes along with the summer season, Airbnb scammers are unfortunately in full swing. In order to make sure a fake Airbnb listing doesn’t ruin your summer travel plans, we’ve compiled three important signs to look out for when booking or hosting a place to stay.
1. Verify the website. A new scam that users are falling victim to involves getting an email linking to a fake Airbnb look-alike website where they will fill out their information, confirm their booking, and only realize there is no actual rental until after they get to their location. According to CBS News, the best way to avoid this scam is to make sure you are booking your Airbnb rental through the official Airbnb website.
2. Make sure you read reviews. This tip that comes from Business Insider and encourages users to read reviews on hosts before booking. If any reviews look out of the ordinary or if the hosts ratings are low in general, its probably best to steer clear.
3. Enlist help from others. Finally, if you’re a host and find your self too busy to manage your Airbnb listing or you're not sure how to weed out bad actors, make sure you use a reputable third party, like MetroButler, to manage your listing for you.
Instead of having to rely on a friend or family member to make sure the stay goes well, you can trust that MetroButler will take care of all your home rental needs. By using the MetroButler Host Dashboard, you can even check in on your listing and view any active rentals, as they're happening.
Make sure you use these tips the next time you use Airbnb and make sure to check out our website to find out more about how MetroButler can help ensure your vacation goes as smoothly as possible. We believe so strongly in safe home management, that we will happily answer any questions during a free in-home consultation for you. Let us know when you want us to stop by!