Why I Hate Air BnB

There are several reasons to love Air BnB if you’re a homeowner – unfortunately I’m not a homeowner yet and I hate Air BnB. It’s a great way to earn extra income by renting out your unused space – if you don’t mind strangers in your home. It’s also a way to ensure some type of income if you’re a landlord who is unable to rent your apartments on a full-time basis. Finally, Air BnB is what we call an at-will income stream; meaning you have the flexibility to rent out – or not rent out – your space as needed. However, as a tenant I have to tell you that I really hate Air BnB.

There are five apartments in our building and for the three years we’ve lived here only two have been rented out. That is until Air BnB showed up in the picture. Now there is a woman who is not a tenant in our building renting out the additional three apartments on Air BnB. As a tenant this is a total nightmare and here’s why.

3 reasons why I hate Air BnB:

Broke and low budget travellers

People rent apartments on Air BnB because they can’t afford – or don’t want – to pay nightly rates at a hotel. That’s a major red flag. What exactly is it that these travellers are doing in an apartment that can’t be done in a hotel? Or here’s a better question, if you can’t afford to travel why are you doing so?

The people who rent out the Air BnB apartments in our building are using them to throw parties. Loud music and a lot of people yelling into all hours of the night are extremely inconvenient for long term tenants and homeowners.

Rental boards have no regulations

I know that some cities have outlawed the use of Air BnB, but unfortunately my city (Montreal) is not one of them. I called the rental board to file a complaint about random strangers living in our building on a revolving door basis and the response was less than helpful.

The official answer was that Air BnB is a new commodity and therefore there are no rules, regulations or precedent cases in rental court. The officer advised we could file a complaint in court, but wasn’t sure what the outcome would be since there is nothing in our lease permitting or banning the use of Air BnB.

Living with strangers is unsafe

The turnover with rentals in our building is about twice a week and it’s a major reason why I hate Air BnB.  This means that any given week there are four to twenty new people coming into and out of our building. When you sign a lease, there are extensive background, credit and employment checks that need to be done.

That is not the case with Air BnB. These people are here on a temporary basis and therefore have no loyalty to keep the peace with neighbors or take care of the common areas. To say that I’ve been worried about my safety more than once is an understatement.

Do you love or hate Air BnB?

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9 thoughts on “Why I Hate Air BnB

  • I love Airbnb. We have used them in Florida, California, France, England and Ireland. We use them instead of hotels sometimes because of the size of our family. It is way cheaper then renting 3 rooms and it gives us the option to eat some of our meals at “home” rather then eating at restaurants 3 times a day. It also gives us way more room to relax and have our own space at the end of the day. we also like “living like the locals”.That being said I can totally see where you are coming from. We treat it the same way as if we were at home or at a hotel, we are quiet and respectful of the neighbours.

    • HI Jennifer, that’s nice to hear, I wish you were the Air BnB renters who were across the hall from our apartment.

    • Oh Diana, it’s definitely not great. I will be glad to move when we buy a house. Are your horror stories as a tenant or landlord?

  • Count us as another that uses airbnb more for the ability to get a place comfortably for a family of four. Otherwise I’d need at least two rooms which still wouldn’t work since my kids are to young to be alone in a room. Also it’s great to save money using a kitchen. I can see the arguement though of not wanting one next door, especially if people use them for parties. My neighbors are old and probably half of hem can’t use a computer, so I don’t have this issue.

  • I have to say I love AirBnB. As a family of 4 we use AirBnB quite often when going on vacation for more than a week. It allows us to save a bit on food cost because with a fully equipped kitchen I can prepare at least 1 meal a day. Also we like to have space to spread out which you can’t really do if you are cramped in a hotel room. AirBnB recently saved us when our home remodel took quite a bit longer than expected. We were able to rent a house in our new town that was close to the kids school and local shops. We always rent a house but I can understand your dislike for it in an apartment building.

  • I actually love using Airbnb. I don’t use it because I can’t afford to travel or stay in a hotel because a lot of Airbnbs actually can cost more than a hotel. It’s nice to have an entire living space if you’re staying somewhere a while and be able to buy groceries and be comfortable while living like a local in the city you’re visiting. I’ve used Airbnb for a few years now and never had a party or anything like that but they work fantastically if you’re renting a house or a large condo and bringing a group of 5 or so people. It’s nice to be able to all stay together during vacation and share meals/cook some nights in one area which you can’t do at a hotel.

    I can definitely see how having people in and out of your apartment all the time is annoying especially if it’s college kids partying or something which is unfortunately a side effect of Airbnb but used correctly and respectfully it is a really great option.

  • I’ve stay in Airbnbs in Ireland, San Diego, Los Angeles, and soon, Dallas. I have only had a problem in LA, where the regular roommate’s friend who was drunk and talking loudly at 2 am woke us up. After I yelled down the hall, there were no further issues.

    I’m now an AirBnB Host, and have never had a problem with my guests, because I am selective about who I accept as guests for the very reasons you are listing. I live in a condo, so walls are as thin here as they are in apartments. My neighbors and I want it quiet after 10pm, and no loud parties.

    It seems the host for the 3 apartments in your building is NOT choosy about whom she accepts. She probably has very low requirements/rules for her guests, and she wants to keep it rented as much as possible, so she has it on Instant Booking at bottom dollar Smart Pricing. I refuse to use Instant Booking or Smart Pricing so that I can have some control over who stays in my home, since I’m here. I don’t want the Bottom Feeders who are looking for a cheap place to “partay”.

    I am sure that Airbnb would be interested in knowing the name of the Host and the Location so they can try to help the Host do a better job of keeping the peace. I think you can set up an account, without otherwise using the service, and find that listing in your area, and make a complaint to the admins.

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