Should the Airbnb manager warn new tenants of potential COVID?

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The current TRY 98.3 social dilemma is about renting an Airbnb. Here is the mail.

Hi Jaime. I clean/manage a busy AirBnB home in the Adirondacks, owners are New York area residents about 3.5 hours from rental. We had guests leaving in the morning and new guests at 4pm. As I started getting ready to clean up, I discovered that the trash can hadn’t been tied down. A positive COVID home test was at the very top of the trash bag. I contacted the owners to recommend a 24 hour wait before entering the residence to clean, and that it would be best to postpone future guests. The owners refused my recommendation, chose to travel from New York to clean the house themselves so as not to lose the reservation. Tried to contact Airbnb for advice. It has come to my attention that unless the guest or host reports a problem, nothing can be done. The AirBnB rental listing indicates that the owners are in compliance with the COVID policy, which is based on the honor system. AirBnB rates based on a variety of factors. Owners were more concerned about losing points than the potential health and safety of future guests. Should I leave a note to alert current customers of potential exposure? Thanks.


It’s so difficult. But if I rented this AirBnB, I think I would like to know the situation. Especially since it’s the honor system. But I don’t want Sara to lose her job. On the other hand, as someone who has rented an AirBnB, you know the risk of entering. I don’t think Sara should leave a note. It’s my point of view.

What do you think. Let’s help her and let me know on the TRY Facebook page.