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As Nate Eldredge pointed out this is against Air BnB's T&C's and could result in both you and the property provider being banned from their platform. But it's pretty dam unlikely you would get caught, so let's assume you and property owner have agreed to the deal you suggested. What additional downsides exist? The homeowner could take your cash, then ...


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This situation is covered under Host cancellations: What if a host informs me that the listing I already paid for is now unavailable but they have an alternative? Even if you’ve already booked your reservation, it’s your choice whether to accept or decline a host’s offer to book an alternate listing. ... After you’ve paid for your reservation If your host ...


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Contact AirBnB support directly, do not wait. Ask them to help you move to another apartment. Also ask for compensation. Anecdotal: There was a major water problem at an apartment my parents rented near Paris, with AirBnb. They contacted support and were lucky to be moved to another apartment nearby, and they got some compensation.


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I would do this only for subsequent stays and with a written contract. I've done this. I was renting a furnished apartment for about 5 weeks over Airbnb¹. After about 3 weeks, the host asked if I wanted to renew, and if so, with or without Airbnb. He wrote a contract which we both signed, only then I paid, and less than through Airbnb. I don't care ...


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Uh, this is exactly the sort of thing travel insurance is sold for - you have an uncertainty that you want covered, and you don't want to be massively out of pocket if that uncertainty becomes reality. Go and talk to an insurance broker and have them advise you (on what policy to buy) in writing - that way, you should be covered for both the Ryanair ...


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When faced with a noisy fridge in a hotel room, I unplug it when I go to bed. If unopened during the night, my experience is the fridge will stay sufficiently cool inside to preserve food overnight. Take note of @PLL's comment below about food safety. In part: ...[O]ne should be careful with foods that spoil particularly quickly e.g. raw fish, or ...


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A number of hotels near major Australian airports offer heavily discounted day use rooms. For example, here's the Ibis Sydney Airport with a room you can use from 9 AM to 5 PM. If simply "freshening up" is enough, almost any hotel will be happy to hold your bags until you can check in, and many (but not all) larger ones can give you advance access to the ...


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In my opinion Airbnb is nothing but a short-let provider. Yes people do rent out their spare rooms, and thus welcome you in their house. But they do so in exchange for money, very much like a hotel, or a bed-and-breakfast, would do. In that sense I don't think tipping is necessary. If you want to show appreciation to an excellent host, the best way to do so ...


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No you don't all need an account. Only one (the one who makes the booking) is enough. Source: I have often stayed at Airbnbs together with other people (either as the one who made the booking or accompanying) and no multiple accounts were necessary. You only need to specify the number of guests, you wouldn't even need to give their emails. Since you get ...


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There's a simple third option -- don't change your booking. You've booked it for a month, so it's yours for a month, it's not the host's problem if you leave before the full month is up.


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It depends, if you have already paid like you have stated, and the booking has been confirmed, the price should not change according to Airbnb's reply on twitter. But, the host could cancel your booking if you ignore their request to send ID for weeks. If you message them and explain why you can't provide it straight away they could be fine with that. ...


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Airbnb would almost certainly consider this to be a terms of service violation. From Section 14: In connection with your use of the Airbnb Platform, you will not and will not assist or enable others to: [...] use the Airbnb Platform to request, make or accept a booking independent of the Airbnb Platform, to circumvent any Service Fees or for any ...


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Yes, you are entitled to get out without penalty if they cannot deliver their end of what was agreed to - this goes not just for AirBNB rules but for contracts in general, and is the case even if you have already paid, and even if they are trying to negotiate a separate offer - you are not obliged to accept. That said, what would make sense to me in this ...


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Ryanair is obligated to give you the EU flight compensation and they will. Beyond that, do you want a rant on getting what you paid for? Edit: apparently cancellation rights include re-routing to their final destination at the earliest opportunity or re-routing at the convenience of the passenger to the final destination subject to availability of seats. ...


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Most hotels will store your luggage for the day free of charge, so that part of the problem is easy - at least if you're staying in a hotel rather than an AirBnB. As far as the ability to "freshen up", there are a few options. The first is that there are public showers available at Sydney Airport. These are "bring-your-own-everything" style (ie, towels, ...


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Your AirBnB stay will need to be booked up front by a credit card. So unless your place of work has an account with AirBnB you will have to use a personal credit card to make the booking. AirBnB will not generate an invoice1 but it will generate a receipt showing the name of person the booking was made under, the address of the accommodation, the dates of ...


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In Hungary, if you run an Airbnb legally there's a ton of legalities you need to adhere to as you are basically running a very small hotel. Among other you must have a formal guest book which contains First and last name of the guest, in case of a guest from abroad citizenship (or stateless status). in case of a guest from abroad date and place of birth ...


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The answer to all three of your questions is "It depends". The only way you will get an answer is by asking the owner directly. If it's beoing offered on AirBNB, then my assumption is that it is being offered much the same as any holiday rental. In that sense, the answer to 1. can be inferred from if it is advertised as "whole property" or "private room". 2 ...


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There's no perfect solution, but some ideas: Tweak the fridge thermostat to make it warmer. This will reduce the number of times the noisy fridge motor/compressor needs to run. During the day, place perishable items in the freezer compartment to freeze them solid. At night, when you go to bed, disconnect the fridge power. You'll get a quiet night, and ...


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From this article airbnb is using an identity verification service from a company called IDology. This company provides a service to verify your identity: Derived from information in public data records, ExpectID IQ serves up non-intrusive, intelligent questions relating to that person’s history such as something involving a previous address or an ...


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can Listing be private and only be accessible with the direct link ? Yes, according to https://community.withairbnb.com/t5/Hosting/private-listing/td-p/8585: If you dont' want the general public to see your listing, yes, you can "hide" it by either unlisting or snoozing it (go to manage listing, then click on menu bar on right side, and in the ...


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I can't tell you what they would actually do, but I'm going to quote from the T&C anyway, because that's what lays out what they're legally obliged to do. And, alas, the answer is basically nothing. Boldface mine: The Hosts, not Airbnb, are solely responsible for honoring any confirmed bookings and making available any Accommodations reserved ...


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In general, you don't tip the owner of anything, let alone a landlord. I have a Airbnb unit. You want to be nice to me? don't damage the unit or the furnishings if you have any problem, bring it up with me immediately. I had a guest last week who left his bicycle chained up in the pouring rain overnight rather than ask me for the combination to the ...


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If you are worried about a cancellation, the answer is simple: Don't book with Ryanair. You may be entitled to compensation https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/30/ryanair-cancellation-flights-refund-rebook-airline but it's complicated and likely to interfere with or even ruin your trip. Compensation policy can also change quickly if things get ...


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Common sense and decency suggest that if you break something in your host's home beyond what would be considered normal wear and tear, you should compensate them the cost of repairing the damage. As for whether this is legally enforceable, depending on the jurisdiction the host may be able to sue you in small claims court or similar. And they can certainly ...


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A host can incur significant penalties if they cancel on you. Because cancellations can have serious implications on a guest's trip, there are penalties that will be applied for host cancellations. A cancellation fee. If you cancel any reservation within 7 days of check-in, you'll be charged a $100 fee. Additionally, if you cancel more than one reservation ...


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You have several options: Use Airbnb without a verified ID. While a lot of hosts require one explicitly, there are still some that don't ask for it. I've tested it myself by registering a brand new user profile - it's still possible to contact hosts and make reservations without an ID scan (or even a photo). Use an online service that doesn't verify IDs, ...


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Asking for a copy of a passport is quite common. Whether it's legally required I can't answer, but the more problematic part is asking for the cleaning charge in cash. This is against Airbnb's terms. If a host asks you for more money than what you paid on the site and the extra charge wasn’t stated in the listing or in the message thread, you can dispute ...


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Update: Effective 30 June 2017, renting out private property in Singapore for a period of less than three months or to someone who is not a resident is now unequivocally illegal. It's the property owner who will be in hot water, not you, but it's still not a good idea since your legal recourse as a guest if something goes wrong will be effectively zero. ...


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Airbnb's "Long Term Cancellation Policy" is that for stays of one month or more, if you cancel, you have to pay the first month's rent. This makes a lot of sense if you've booked a place for 6 months... but as you've discovered, it's pretty harsh for a stay of exactly 1 month. Official version: https://www.airbnb.com.au/help/question/286


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