Never using Airbnb again
I rented an apartment in Medellin, Colombia 2 months ago. I have been in contact with the owner of the apartment and Airbnb numerous times, each blaming the other, neither taking responsibility.
With the owner's House Rules he clearly states (copy and paste):
There is a Refundable Security Deposit of 100 dollar in cash, when you receive the keys. This deposit is additional to the Airbnb deposit of 100 dollars, so it is 200 dollars in total of Refundable Security Deposit.
The problem is that Airbnb no longer hold a security deposit. I wasn't made aware of this until after I tried to get the refund.
I rented the apartment believing the cost to be AUD$1146, I naturally assumed this included the refundable deposit of $100 as this was the total amount debited on my card. I was made aware the key deposit of $100 would be paid in cash and returned accordingly upon departure.
When I asked the owner for the $100 deposit he said it's up to Airbnb to provide. When I spoke to Airbnb that stated the owner was incorrect, they no longer hold a deposit. The customer rep said "I will be reaching out to your host to let him know that our Security Deposit policy has changed so that no one else will receive this misleading information".
Almost 2 months later, numerous emails and the same message still shows on his House Rules. Airbnb are doing nothing about it. They are allowing their clients to mislead and deceive.
So now I'm $100 out of pocket because of an owner that doesn't know Airbnb's policies; or just refuses to follow and a company that's unregulated and basically does whatever they like.
Reason of review: Poor customer service.
Monetary Loss: $100.
Preferred solution: Full refund.
I didn't like: Extremely poor.