I am surprised and dismayed that Meryl has written lies, as I can show from the email trail on Airbnb. I never told her to fix the TV - I said I could not, and I agreed to her violating the house rules and letting her nephew come in (while I was not in the house) to fix it. I don't watch TV and don't know much about how to operate all the remotes, and I'm not good with electronics. As for the "restricted" issue: The listing is clear that the rental is of one bedroom and one bathroom only, Meryl knew that coming in. Did she really expect that for $150 or so she was going to rent a five story, three bedroom house? The listing also clearly states "no guests" and Meryl was hardly in the door before she began talking about inviting a friend over. It was her nephew who agreed with me when I pointed out that this was not allowed.
While Meryl left the room clean, she seems to me to have boundary issues and is unable to understand that rules are not made to be punitive or "aggressive" but to enable people to function in a mutually agreeable way. She does not seem to get the difference between Airbnb and a hotel. Like other Airbnb hosts, I provide a room much more charming than a hotel does, filled with interesting books and objects. I don't provide all the services of a 5 star hotel. I don't intrude on my guests or query them as to their comings and goings. And in return, I expect to be able to enjoy my parts of the house in privacy.
Thanks, Leonardo, you're always welcome. I spoke with the bar about the noise on Friday and Sat nights and they were apologetic. The windows are double paned as it is.. and during the non weekend nights it's ok. Unfortunately in NYC you often have a choice: traffic noise or street noise...sigh..