Atlanta Airbnb hosts say guests caused $ 8,000 in damage over NBA All-Star weekend

An Atlanta couple has issued a warning to anyone considering listing their home for short-term rentals.

Franklin and Heather Johnson said their guests left them over $ 8,000 in damages over the NBA All-Star weekend.

“It’s a very difficult experience. Finding the things that we found in our children’s rooms was heartbreaking,” Franklin said.

The couple returned to their Druid Hills home on Sunday evening in a disgusting mess.

The couple found used condoms, piles of trash, burn markers on floors, tables and appliances, and trash cans full of vomit.

“It’s hard not to walk into a room and think about what might have happened in that room. I don’t really feel like home,” Heather explained.

They shared a video of the mess left behind.

“There is over $ 8,300 in damages that we submitted for the guest to pay. She now denies that there was a party, saying there were only 10 people here and seems very hesitant. to pay, “Franklin described.

Airbnb has implemented a worldwide holiday ban and an occupancy limit of just 16 people.

However, Johnson’s security cameras captured 43 people at their homes on Friday night and more than 50 people on Saturday.

“We’ve never had so many people in our house at the same time. I don’t know how they’re all doing,” Heather said.

FOX 5 has contacted Airbnb regarding the couple’s issue. In a statement, they said:

“Airbnb is banning parties and we share the Johnson’s outrage at the lack of respect for their home depicted in this video. We are working to support them and have suspended the booking guest as we investigate further.”

Here’s Franklin’s advice to others who want to join.

“Really consider if it’s worth your home and everything you own, plus your peace of mind and security for a few extra bucks. Do your research. We hope Airbnb will step in and help us,” he said. he explained.

The couple said the risk was not worth the financial reward and that they had no plans to re-list their home.

Airbnb said it suspended the customer from booking while investigating what happened.

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