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Hey, I’m Annie!

New York, New York, United States · Member since December 2012
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4th year host.

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Dear Airbnb Guests,

I cancel on guests when they book but then make it clear through their messages that they are not going to follow the listing's terms. In the booking process, guests complete one manual checkbox to agree to all terms.

Every time hosts have to cancel a reservation:

• Airbnb collects a $100 fee from the host.
• Airbnb suspends hosting privileges during the reservation's dates.
• Airbnb punishes the listing's search ranking.
• The listing is placed further and further away from obtaining the Airbnb Superhost Badge even if all the other statistic requirements have been consistently surpassed for years.

Kind Airbnb community, please read the entire listing before you reach out to me. If you somehow manually confirm that you read and understood all the terms during your transaction without actually reading and understanding the terms, the consequences fall mostly on the host. I understand that it's a process design flaw and that you may be accustomed to rushing through terms & conditions, but please consider that hosts have to literally pay for the mistake.

The guests that have the best experiences here are the ones that know exactly what to expect. Before you book, you and I can figure out whether or not you're going to have a great experience here. This is achieved by answering the four prompts written in the listing.

I don't want you to be without a place unexpectedly. However, I can't accept a guest that may or may not jeopardize my apartment or my ability to host in the future. For most New Yorkers, finding an affordable and easy-to-commute apartment (without a single mouse or cockroach) is no easy feat. In my case, finding a new apartment with no time to plan ahead can be extremely disruptive to my long term goals. I can't simply "up and move" on short notice. It happened once already. It took me one year to get my projects back to the level of progress where I left off. Thanks to my new guest filtering strategy, this will never happen again. Mentors advised me to stop hosting because it's "too risky" but I think with a more selective pool of guests to host, it is absolutely possible to keep successfully hosting.

If only one guest per year reads the entire listing, I will enthusiastically host one guest per year. My family is part of an extensive informal immigrant network, so I grew up hosting strangers in my home and I witnessed each newcomer get on his/her proverbial feet in New York with my family's support. Even though I'm not always free to spend time with my Airbnb guests, having this kind of thing going on even just in the background is something that's really familiar to me.

Peace and love,