There are several startups now which are oriented to hunting down short term rental hosts, for instance, for a landlord who wants to make sure none of his or her tenants are illegally subletting the property.
These startups include:
www.BNBshield.com "we find and report illegal and contract-breaking short term rentals"
Alongside Airbnb and other STR sites, we can find many startups seeking to somehow profit from STR business. Some of these startups could be described as parasitic entities -- who thrive by feeding on their host (the STR business) , ---and there are some whose feeding damages or even kills off their host. Perhaps these 3 fit that description.
Have you heard of this one? I believe I found the FB group called AirbnbSecrets that got my curiosity going.
There were free videos, first one I watched was how to increase your ranking. Went on all about crap that we now no longer applies. I wrote back my same grumble that I did here regarding my listings on page "I'm too tired of looking at this crap page", and followed by those with 2 reviews, no IB, no Superhost, etc.
It's his group, so whatever, but he quickly replied with the first line:
"How shall I word this gently?
Superhost means nothing."
Then went on with what we already know.
Anyway, here's the kicker in regards to your current comment of all the new startups preying on Airbnb hosts. Of course he's got a program for sale!...only $197 special for what us experienced hosts know not to be true any longer.
Perhaps you know of "Dany".
I'd bet a hundred bucks he photoshopped his photo; I just can't allow myself to believe that such a handsome man would be such an arrogant asshole, when in fact I could have been a potential customer.
One of the next videos, which I couldn't bear to finish watching, and continue to ignore further promotions, was something to the effect of all the money hosts are wasting instead of going into their pockets.
It was to refer all your friends, and ya get the whopping $27 after their first booking or whatever. Good grief!
I don't know much about that site or what is offered, but my advice all along to hosts has been that it's better,and standard, to put in the footwork yourself to build your business, and/or to make use of the plentiful resources in the host community to do so, rather than to pay consultants of various sorts.
The many host communities, of which this forum is but one part, offer a wealth of advice and information all for free. Hosts just need to put in the time to get their education from these communities.
I also believe that those who aren't able to use existing resources and their own work to learn how to be hosts, may not be meant to be hosts.
As well, I think it's clear to most of us who've been hosting for a while, that there are now too many hosts. Almost anywhere you go, there are too many hosts. Airbnb is profiting (whether intentionally or not) from this surplus of hosts, as it offers a better opportunity to threaten hosts to get better ratings, to remove freedoms from hosts, to increase host fees, to water down host's cancellation policies, and to partially expropriate hosts' own property for its own purposes by pushing instant book on hosts.
Parasitic industries are also arising to take advantage of the surplus in another way.
The surplus of hosts results in a competitive situation in many regions, where hosts are so desperate to get a leg up on the other guy, that perhaps they are willing to pay someone to teach them "secrets" in the hopes that they can do this. So these consultants are sometimes profiting on other's desperation. That's a unique form of parasitism, I'd say.
In a gentrifying neighborhood of San Francisco, a couple exit their cab and head out toward an apartment, rolling suitcases behind them. Unbeknownst to them, a private investigator by the name of Michael Joffe sits in his parked car just across the street, discreetly snapping pictures.
Post by High Priestess on Jan 1, 2017 16:12:50 GMT
The San Francisco Tenant's Union has produced an article (at least one!) on how area residents can spy on Airbnb hosts and "take matters into their own hands." To quote from an article by a representative of the Tenant's Union:
.....we offer five steps for citizens to take matters into their own hands. Together we can make illegal hotels unprofitable so hosts choose a permanent tenant over a tourist....We have some pretty good sleuthing tricks of our own and can help if you email us.
I may have clashed with Dany boy once on the old forum. At least with a similar guy. I believe he is fishing for clients on the community center sometimes- I wrote on one of the first threads about ranking problems and still get notifications on that. After a new complaint or two about not enough guests, one of these guys shows up and sells advice. For the other type: I wonder if they have an investigation licence like a private detective? Otherwise it would be illegal to collect private data. Besides, will their "eviddnce" hold in court? I'd guess you still need a notary to take the screenshots.
Post by High Priestess on Dec 31, 2017 17:27:12 GMT
It might be worthwhile now to start classing a variety of informal organizations as policing groups, if they actually start to do what amounts to policing and singling out individual hosts, as it was discovered this group is unethically doing
Take a look at their FB page and see how they are singling out one Australian host there. It appears they are engaging in slander or defamation, referring to a hosts' listings as "breaking the law" when this isn't true. Accusing her of "lying" when that isn't true.
Who is the host they are attacking? Our own louise
Who ventured forth to be interviewed by a newspaper here:
These silly folks picked on the wrooooong host. Louise is the butt-kicker par excellence.
After Louise threatened to sue them for defamation, they deleted that post and put up a new one, where they blurred her face. Why bother to blur her face when making no secret whom they're talking about?