Airbnb host offers garden tent for almost £60 a night
People reacted in horror after an Airbnb advert offering a tent in a garden for almost £60 turned out to be real.
A screenshot of a listing from the popular property rental website was forwarded to Twitter where it was shared by a housing activist.
“I was sent this one loaded I guess it was a **** take! Apparently not,” wrote the man named Ciaran, who runs the Crazy House Twitter page. Prices.
Alongside his incredulous tweet was a screenshot of the proposed “bedroom”, a basic camping tent on a concrete floor in what appears to be a back garden in Dublin, Ireland.
The humble abode was on offer at €69 per night, before being reduced to €59. That’s the equivalent of just over £58 to just under £50.
Although everyone is aware that the rental situation in Dublin is dire, people have of course approached the announcement with suspicion. That was until a woman contacted the host and confirmed the listing was genuine, before it was taken down.
The woman, named Aimee, emailed the host through Airbnb’s website and he replied saying, “Hi Aimee. This is not a joke. However, you may prefer a comfortable sofa in the living room.
“I have a very large living room for that and several couches. And that’s listed as well.”
A shocked Twitter user wrote in response: “What will be the catalyst to solve this crisis? If a ffffing tent on a concrete patio advertised as ‘Private room in Dublin’ for €59 a night is a sad reflection on the moral compass of someone. Sad sad sad state of a country.”
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“This tent should be rented – then burned down,” another wrote.
Writing on the Airbnb Hell website, another Dublin visitor shared his horror story from a 2015 trip to the Irish capital.
The man and his wife booked four nights at an apartment in the city only to find that when shown there by the absent owner’s friend, there were two students in the place.
“When they were ushered into the apt there were two students in residence – unexpected to us and the owner of the key as we were to them. One was sleeping on the sofa.
“The keyholder retreated in a hurry. The apartment smelled terrible – kind of like a cross between a gym and the trash.”
The man said he left after one night and received an incomplete refund from Airbnb.