Airbnb got absolutely torn to shreds last night
Last night Channel 4 showed a new documentary, Airbnb: Dream or Nightmare, which showed the dark side of the popular house sharing business. They spoke with guests and hosts who revealed their horror stories about the process.
It's a community-based website/app which sees people renting out their rooms or houses to complete strangers, similarly to the way a hotel or hostel works. You can vet people according to their personal ratings from prior visits but you can also get some first-time users with no past information.
Most hosts have a lot of praise for Airbnb as it provides an extra income for them, but some others shared pretty horrendous stories with the Channel 4 documentary which would put off anyone from signing up to share their house.
One family returned to find their house had been trashed after their guest had thrown a huge party.
After watching the show there was a mixed reaction on Twitter with some people defending the company and others agreeing that it has flaws.
— American Soul (@JakeStelmach) September 21, 2016
So basically you didn't read the T&C's, went for a quick buck and didn't vet guests... but it's not your fault? *sigh* #dreamornightmare
— Gemma Sands (@littlepieces) September 21, 2016
If you rent your swanky pad to a 22yr old with no reviews, only to have it trashed, who's really to blame here?! #dreamornightmare
— Barbara Neeson (@BelfastBabs) September 21, 2016
— Ian Maullin (@ianmaullin) September 21, 2016
— Simon Daley (@SimonDaley) September 21, 2016
— kathy (@skybluebint) September 21, 2016
About as balanced as a one-legged drunk riding a unicycle down a slide, in the rain. #dreamornightmare
— Steve Kinsey (@YorkshireDublin) September 21, 2016
— Ronke Lawal (@ronkelawal) September 21, 2016
— Binda Bhudia-Patel (@BindaBhudia) September 21, 2016
— Tom Rogers (@rogerst77) September 21, 2016
— Angus (@McAlan32) September 21, 2016
— ☀♣♫Selina 2.0♥♕ (@SelinaGiGi) September 21, 2016
— Sophie-Louise (@Sophielouise944) September 21, 2016
Watching #DreamOrNightmare on channel 4. I always thought airbnb was a bad idea the moment I heard about it ?
— Adam Goldfine (@adamg411) September 21, 2016