Airbnb has a scary problem on their hands: People keep finding hidden cameras in their rental homes.
Another host was busted last month trying to film guests without their knowledge — marking the second time since October that the company has had to publicly deal with this sort of incident.
Officials have been forced to ban account users in the past for deploying secret cams around their house, including residents in Florida and California.
An unidentified American archivist became the most recent victim — with his co-worker, Jason Scott, tweeting out a picture on Nov. 27 of a hidden device that he found while staying in an undisclosed Airbnb.
“In ‘oh, that’s a thing now’ news, a colleague of mine thought it odd that there was a single ‘motion detector’ in his AirBNB in the bedroom and voila, it’s an IP camera connected to the web,” Scott tweeted. “(He left at 3am, reported, host is suspended, colleague got refund.)”
The post has racked up more than 23,000 retweets and been liked over 30,000 times.
In response, Airbnb released a statement — saying they had “permanently banned” the homeowner and “supported our guests with a full refund and reimbursement for expenses incurred.”
Despite prior reports, a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News on Monday that finding cameras in a rental home was “incredibly rare.”
“Cameras are never allowed in bathrooms or bedrooms; any other cameras must be properly disclosed to guests ahead of time,” the spokesperson said.
In October, a couple from Indiana found a hidden camera in the master bedroom of the Florida Airbnb that they were staying in. It had been disguised as a smoke detector.
In 2015, a German woman sued the company for negligence after she discovered a secret cam inside a California residence.
“I would love to see Airbnb take this seriously, but not if it means bringing that stress back into our lives,” said one renter, who spoke to BuzzFeed on the condition of anonymity.
The individual was one of two people who spoke to the website about their experience with finding hidden cameras inside their rental homes.
The other renter — a woman named Erin — said her host chose to report her for damages after she unplugged a device she found inside a Houston Airbnb.
“They just treated it like I was trying to get out of paying,” she said, in reference to the company’s handling of the situation. “I was like, ‘Hello, he is saying he did what I was saying he did’, and the customer service rep told me that I should ‘respond professionally.’”
After complaining on Twitter, Erin said Airbnb finally started cooperating and eventually launched an internal review of the incident — which resulted in a full refund.
“It was really scary because this dude knows where I live, my full name, my cell number,” Erin explained. “But at the same time I know his full name and number, too, so I figured that kind of protects me.”
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