Airbnb host finds drugs, knives and blood stains after two days of room rental
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OLATHE, Kan. (WDAF) – An Airbnb host said his home was ransacked after a couple rented him a room for two days.
Chris Sayegh said he started using the popular site to earn extra money, teaming up with Airbnb to list a private room in his home on the site, according to WDAF.
“I got a hangover after a party and needed a hotel,” Sayegh said. “New Years was crazy, but other than that it’s the first of the first.”
He says his experience of renting part of his house changed last week, when a couple left behind drugs, knives in the walls, blood stains in the room and trash.
Sayegh estimated the damage at over $ 4,000.
“It was bad. I mean, I had a manic episode, and I was cleaning really really good, and I just cleaned everything up, and I didn’t stop,” Sayegh said.
The police came and confiscated the drug paraphernalia. This led to the arrests of Rebecca Singh, 29, and Joseph Crane, 23.
Both men face drug possession charges with individual obligations set at $ 10,000.
“I will continue Airbnbing if they help me install the right security systems to be comfortable, help me get a doorbell, the right locks for each room, and compensate me for my emotional pain,” Sayegh said. .
He said he contacted Airbnb and the claims department assured him the matter would be dealt with.
FOX4 has also contacted Airbnb. In a statement, a spokesperson said:
“Reported behavior has no place on Airbnb. We have removed the guest from the reservation from our community and are in communication with the host to file a claim through Airbnb’s $ 1 Million Host Guarantee.
An Airbnb representative also said it performs background checks on all tenants for serious felony and misdemeanors using name and dates of birth.
Sayegh said he hoped his experience would serve as a warning to others interested in renting their home.