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People taken aback by this Airbnb's bizarre rules and exorbitant prices, sparking debate

If you decide to wear a pair of shoes or sandals inside her house, she will charge you $50. At this point, you might as well walk around barefoot.

People taken aback by this Airbnb's bizarre rules and exorbitant prices, sparking debate
Cover Image Source: Four men standing on an outdoor deck, suitcase on the bed in the foreground. . (Getty Images / Joe Schmelzer)

Once upon a time, Airbnb was an affordable and preferred option by frequent travelers who chose to stay in a home instead of a generic hotel room because it was cozier and more cost-efficient. Enter the price-gouging Airbnb hosts who have let the power get inside their heads, making the experience of living in their homes more expensive. Airbnb didn't cover overhead expenses like a hotel, making your stay relatively affordable. But lately, the hosts have come up with obnoxious rules, upcharges and exorbitant cleaning fees. Recently, a TikTok user called out the Airbnb owners on their over-the-top strategies to extract more money from their guests. 

Female solo traveler sat on the bed with a suitcase looking out of the window in Brooklyn, New York. (Getty Images / Georgie Wileman)
A female solo traveler sat on the bed with a suitcase looking out of the window in Brooklyn, New York. (Getty Images / Georgie Wileman)

According to Bored Panda, many TikTok users have predicted that the Airbnb culture might end sooner than later. "We are in an era right now where hotels are making a comeback and Airbnbs are starting to flop," said the lady in the video. TikTok user (@doveslayer89) joined the conversation and shared his personal experiences to shed light on the atrocities of Airbnb. "And not all of them are that nice." Some of them are crazy hosts, like this particular lady who sent me a DM two weeks before my check-in with all of her extra rules and extra charges," he said. "On her extra rules, it was $50 a minute for late checkout." Mind you, she had it listed for $25 an hour. Airbnb did reach out to her, and she did say it was $50 a minute.

TikTok / @doveslayer89
TikTok/ @doveslayer89

 

"If you decide to wear a pair of shoes or sandals inside her house, she will charge you $50. At this point, you might as well walk around barefoot. He mentioned that he had to pay $1100 because he was going with eleven people. That amount was just for wearing shoes in the house. Again, she had a three-beer maximum. Each additional bottle of beer would cost $20 if you drank three beers. So if you drink a six-pack, she'll charge you an additional $60 for that." To make it even worse, imagine you conveniently managed to lose the remote control. She was going to charge you 100 bucks for that. A kitchen utensil, such as silverware, or a dining set, would cost $50 per item. For a knife, it was $500.

TikTok / @doveslayer89
TikTok / @doveslayer89

 

TikTok / @doveslayer89
TikTok / @doveslayer89

 

In addition, she would charge you $2,000 for two bags of trash and $5,000 for a broken TV. He also discussed the crazy fee over a noise complaint saying, "I understand cleaning fees." I understand noise fees. But $1000 for a noise complaint each time? Oh my gosh, somebody ought to be in trouble. So just make sure you read the house rules and don’t let someone do this to you. They send you this two weeks before on Airbnb DMs and try to get you. I was lucky enough to contact Airbnb. They contacted her. "I was able to cancel my full stay and get a full refund for this stay."

TikTok / @doveslayer89
TikTok / @doveslayer89

 

TikTok / @doveslayer89
TikTok / @doveslayer89

 

As per a NerdWallet analysis, Airbnb is not a good option due to the discounts with longer stays and the pricey cleaning fees. A one-night stay will cost you $314, while a seven-night stay will be $213 per night. However, travelers should understand how many people they are going to be traveling with. Airbnb is a good choice if you have a group of six people. The average hotel room cost is $89, but at Airbnb, it is only $60 per night.

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