Why are Airbnb service and cleaning fees so high?
Is it really a public holiday if you are asked to take out the trash, to mow the lawn and do the laundry? Oh and on top of that you still have to pay high cleaning fees? Travelers are pissed off on social media Airbnb hosts more and more demand from customers during their stay, while customers already have to pay cleaning and service fees when booking.
“Almost everyone [on TikTok] recognizes that Airbnb prices and fees have gotten completely out of control,” TikToker @Melworeit says in a video. “The only people who disagree and call me lazy are the owners of Airbnbs.”
In another clip, since deleted but marked with Business Intern@Melwore explained that she decided not to book an Airbnb because it charged a $125 cleaning fee, but still asked guests to take out the trash, remove the sheets, run the dishwasher, and clean. doing laundry.
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A Airbnb guest posted on Reddit in July, asking if it was okay for a host to tell the guest to mow the lawn themselves.
They explained that they had been staying at an Airbnb for a few weeks and had asked about the lawn situation. The response they received was that the host did not arrange lawn mowing for stays longer than two weeks, but there was a lawn mower on site which they were welcome to use.
“Seems like an odd response considering the premium paid to stay here (to me, at least), but if it’s standard I’ll continue,” the user wrote. “I just don’t want to be penalized/charged/misjudged for ‘neglecting’ the lawn if I don’t.”
TikToker @TravelwithPat also posted a backlash video against Airbnb with a screenshot of a receipt on the booking platform showing cleaning fees, service fees, and taxes and occupancy fees added after the fees by night.
“What happened to Airbnb? ” he says. “The fees aren’t even worth it anymore.”
He says compared to what you pay for a hotel room, with Airbnb you pay a fortune.
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“Airbnb was great, but there’s something they just need to change. Take out the cleaning fee, take out the service fee. Make it included with the regular price. Airbnb was supposed to be one of the solutions for the overpriced hotel reservations, but now hotel reservations are the solution for overpriced Airbnbs.
While hosts can choose their own cleaning fee, Airbnb provides recommendations to keep the amount reasonable and suggests that hosts consider not charging a cleaning fee at all. An Airbnb representative said Business Intern 45% of global Airbnb listings do not charge a cleaning fee and for those that do, the fee averages less than 10% of the total cost of the reservation.