It wasn't worth it in the end
Renting out your unused residential property might seem like a good idea at first, but then you have to think about all of the bad things that can happen when you take on that risk. You don’t know what a person’s intentions are when they enter a domicile they don’t own whether they stay for a year or for one night.
You can definitely expect some damages like messed-up carpets, holes in the wall, and stolen items… but sometimes it’s even worse! Hopefully you don’t have to deal with stopped-up toilets, serious burn marks, and leftover drug needles like these people did.
Last week a woman who was fully vetted by Airbnb rented my house for what turned out to be a Halloween party. She lied about her intentions, even when I spoke to her over the phone. In just a few hours, they did over $3,000 in damage, and the police evicted 150 people for my 1200 sq ft home.
It was only broken up by police because there was a gun shooting that landed somebody in the hospital. All this in a quiet residential neighborhood that is part of a golf resort, in a city that is not especially known for crime. I’m sure the damage would have been far worse if the police hadn’t come because of the gunshots. Thank God nobody was killed. (Never-On-Reddit)
My last house had an income suite off the back of the property. She was moving from out of state with her son, and that her credit was damaged due to a recent divorce.
Turns out my property manager never looked into it. They were divorced, but the credit was destroyed way before that. She paid her first/last/security to move in, and never paid another dime. Didn’t pay for gas/water/electricity/cable/etc. She would pretend she wasn’t home, then she would complain things were broken, (if we called her out on this she would then do her best to break the item in question), and used the place like one large trash bin.
What finally set me off was when I stopped by after accidentally having a package delivered to her (in my name). No answer, so I let myself in and saw two things. One, was my package along with some other mail of mine that had all been opened, and two, her Comcast bill which was in her SIX YEAR OLD SON’S name.
Called the property manager and the cops that night. It took five months to get her out of the house, and eventually arrested after finding out she had done this in six other states, with multiple warrants out. She tried to plea for me to accept payment of $50/month until we were caught up. She owed close to $5,000 in back rent alone. (petethepianist)
Not me, but my aunt has an Airbnb and had a lady and her husband stay at her place for a month or so. In the last week the lady gave birth in the upstairs bathroom floor. It was DISGUSTING[…]
They were apparently really apologetic but they didn’t clean up at all! It was like they had murdered someone and then decided to clean up the mess with Kleenex and water and it was just a gross mess. (Sniffingpuppybutts)