Post by High Priestess on Nov 16, 2018 0:10:54 GMT
Third party bookings are potentially problematic for several reasons.
One, is that I have a procedure I go thru in screening guests/asking them certain questions, and I can't do this if the person who contacted me is not the person who's coming to stay at my house.
Second, there is a red flag in that the person contacting you and/or the person staying, do not seem to understand why a host would want/need to be in contact with the person actually staying. So, to the extent they're viewing this as not important, they are treating your home /listing like a hotel, and this could result in other problems.
Third, Airbnb has a policy opposing third party bookings, though they are not totally firm on that policy so they dont' actually prohibit them, they just don't encourage them. Part of the reason for this is that if the person who stays is not the one who books, you may not be covered by Airbnb for any damages or mishaps.
Fourth, your home insurer may not cover you for damages or mishaps if the person who stayed is not the one who booked.
Fifth, when it comes time to do the reviews, if you allowed a third party booking, you're now asked to review someone who never set foot in your home, and the person who booked is asked to review a listing they never saw or stayed in.