A stay in a strange, filthy Airbnb is just not her thing

When Andrea Walker is directed to use the service elevator in the building where she is renting an apartment for the weekend, she’s slightly suspicious. However, when she opens the door to the unit she knows she definitely won’t be staying. The owner apologizes for the state of the filthy Airbnb rental and quickly agrees to a refund.

So why does the host later tell Airbnb that she spent the whole weekend there?

An illegal Airbnb? Something tells us this might be one

Alex Tarce has successfully used Airbnb in the past, so he isn’t expecting any problems when he walks into the lobby of his most recent rental in Tokyo. But then the host tells him to sneak in behind the doorman’s back. What’s going on here?

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