I stumbled across a huge Airbnb scam that’s taking over London | WIRED UK


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It’s November 2019 and I’m standing in an Airbnb in Battersea, south London. But this is not the Airbnb I booked. Everything is slightly, confusingly, off. All the rooms are the wrong sizes, all the furniture in the wrong places. February 19, 2020 at 05:47PM
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It’s November 2019 and I’m standing in an Airbnb in Battersea, south London. But this is not the Airbnb I booked. Everything is slightly, confusingly, off. All the rooms are the wrong sizes, all the furniture in the wrong places.
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6 days ago by jeffhammond
It’s November 2019 and I’m standing in an Airbnb in Battersea, south London. But this is not the Airbnb I booked. Everything is slightly, confusingly, off. All the rooms are the wrong sizes, all the furniture in the wrong places.
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7 days ago by josephaleo
I t’s November 2019 and I’m standing in an Airbnb in Battersea, south London. But this is not the Airbnb I booked. Everything is slightly, confusingly, off. All…
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8 days ago by dainiusblynas
I stumbled across a huge Airbnb scam that’s taking over London
9 days ago by fnord
I t’s November 2019 and I’m standing in an Airbnb in Battersea, south London. But this is not the Airbnb I booked. Everything is slightly, confusingly, off. All…
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9 days ago by richirvine
The curious tale of a man called Christian, the Catholic church, David Schwimmer’s wife, a secret hotel and an Airbnb scam running riot on the streets of London
Airbnb  housing  accommodation  regulation  review  critique  London  Wired  2020 
11 days ago by inspiral
Favorite tweet:

Can anyone think of a single example of where the bright future we all predicted for ‘the sharing economy’ hasn’t become “a thin veneer hiding a vast slurry of unscrupulous profiteers”?! https://t.co/Ce5i1vXLJS

— Lou Downe (@LouiseDowne) February 13, 2020

http://twitter.com/LouiseDowne/status/1228051223393296384
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12 days ago by chaoxian
For many, this is what Airbnb has become: a thin sharing-economy veneer hiding a vast slurry of unscrupulous profiteers. In Toronto, they call them “ghost hotels”; in Prague, they are “distributed hotels”; in the industry they are known as “systemised” Airbnb listings. But to Airbnb, they are homes – a chance to stay in “unique, authentic places” on a platform “powered by local hosts”. Airbnb claims that it “promotes people-to-people connection, community and trust”, but, after months of trying, the only people-to-people connection I’ve found involves being lied to and then hung up on by call centre workers in the Philippines.
fail  fraud  london  scam  airbnb  Wired  real-estate  2019  2020 
12 days ago by zzkt
I stumbled across a huge Airbnb scam that’s taking over London Extraordinary story.
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12 days ago by nwhyte
Extraordinary story.
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13 days ago by nwlinks
Be careful with AirBnB in London and elsewhere.
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13 days ago by traggett
Wired: I stumbled across a huge Airbnb scam that’s taking over London
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13 days ago by stevesong
The curious tale of a man called Christian, the Catholic church, David Schwimmer’s wife, a secret hotel and an Airbnb scam running riot on the streets of London
14 days ago by jokela
The curious tale of a man called Christian, the Catholic church, David Schwimmer’s wife, a secret hotel and an Airbnb scam running riot on the streets of London
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14 days ago by shrob
I stumbled across a huge Airbnb scam that’s taking over London by via WIRED UK https://ift.tt/2tQhnwg
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14 days ago by acdha
"Continental Apartments also lists its properties on other short-term rental sites. The entire building in Battersea appears twice on Booking.com (though one of these listings is no longer active), once on Expedia, and a single apartment is listed on Vrbo. In total, Continental Apartments has 61 properties on Booking.com and dozens on Expedia. Many of the company’s listings on Booking.com and Expedia are the same as those listed on Airbnb. London’s 90-day rule applies across all platforms, but there’s little to stop hosts from listing the same properties multiple times."
fraud  scam  watch-your-step  weird  london 
14 days ago by ssam
Ghost Network AirB&B
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14 days ago by johnweeks
RT : AirBNB is now patently unsafe for anyone to use. This isn't a few rogue hosts. It's systemic, and world-wide.
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14 days ago by mathewi
I t’s November 2019 and I’m standing in an Airbnb in Battersea, south London. But this is not the Airbnb I booked. Everything is slightly, confusingly, off. All…
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14 days ago by simondoggett
I stumbled across a huge Airbnb scam that’s taking over London | WIRED UK
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14 days ago by Preoccupations
James Temperton with an in-depth, deeply researched piece:
<p>On Airbnb, it turns out, scams aren’t just the preserve of lone chancers. As the short-term rental goldrush gathers pace, Airbnb empires are being rapidly scaled and monetised, with professional operators creating scores of fake accounts, fake listings and fake reviews to run rings around Airbnb, local law enforcement and the guests who place their trust in the platform. Reviews from guests paint a grim picture of people who have been tricked into staying in accommodation with blocked drains, broken fixtures and fittings, filthy floors, dirty bed linen – or, in some cases, accommodation that they simply did not book.

To squeeze every penny out of these inner-city goldmines, scammers have started outsourcing property management to ill-equipped call centres in the Philippines. The scammers call it “systemising”, a process of grabbing as many apartments as possible, filling them with identikit furniture, taking professional-looking photographs and then using every trick in the book to turn them into lucrative investments. Some of these tricks, though morally dubious, are perfectly legal. But others breach both Airbnb’s policies and local planning laws, while also putting the safety of guests at risk. As Vice found in October 2019, Airbnb is littered with fake and downright dodgy listings. But in London, where Airbnb enforces an annual 90-day limit on all “entire homes” listed on its platform, scammers have made a mockery of lax enforcement both by regulators and Airbnb itself, by turning entire new-build apartment blocks into de facto hotels designed for the short-term rental market. And the problem is far worse than anyone realises.</p>


It's basically a new form of the housing benefit scam, except it's done with wealthier people. And this one - weirdly - also pulls in the Catholic church. Oh, and the artist married to the actor David Schwimmer. It's quite the ride. And yes, Trading Standards, you should do something about it.
fraud  scam  airbnb  london 
14 days ago by charlesarthur
The curious tale of a man called Christian, the Catholic church, David Schwimmer’s wife, a secret hotel and an Airbnb scam running riot on the streets of London
14 days ago by geetarista
My Airbnb host, Robert & Team, started out life on another Airbnb account, currently using the name Leon. Today, Leon claims to be a 30-year-old dancer living in London, but in August 2012 he was a man called Christian living in Munich. “My girlfriend and I stayed in Christian’s room for quite a few weeks,” reads a review from a man called Gary. “Christian was a great host and even though he was staying elsewhere (since the room you stay in was his own), he still came back to check we were OK.” Christian was equally pleased with his choice of guest. “Gary and his girlfriend were wonderful guests,” he wrote. “They took great care of my apartment, have always stayed in good contact with me and looked after my cat very well when I did not have time.” The story of my host, I would come to realise, was also the story of Airbnb. From sharing economy dream to scam economy nightmare. From renting out his own room in Munich, to turning a south London apartment block into a hotel, hiding in plain sight on Airbnb.
airbnb  fail  scam 
14 days ago by dancall
I t’s November 2019 and I’m standing in an Airbnb in Battersea, south London. But this is not the Airbnb I booked. Everything is slightly, confusingly, off. All…
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15 days ago by mleduc
RT : AirBNB is now patently unsafe for anyone to use. This isn't a few rogue hosts. It's systemic, and world-wide.
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15 days ago by Fallingbadgers