Menlo Park homeowner Sharon Marzouk made headlines recently when she came home from extended travel to be greeted with what she calls her "Airbnb Nightmare Reality."
Ms. Marzouk said in a blog post that she departed on a trip after using Airbnb to rent out a room of her home to a 20-something woman whose name Ms. Marzouk is not releasing. While away, she received an urgent call from a housemate to return home.
Upon returning, she said she found that the tenant had neglected a running bath, which caused flooding damage to the house. In the tenant's bedroom, she found paraphernalia suggesting she was a sex worker and had been using the bedroom as a filming location.
On her blog post, Ms. Marzouk said she had thought Airbnb was a great way to quickly and conveniently find renters. She had met with the prospective tenant and the profile on Airbnb "seemed normal," she said.
She discovered only after the fact that the tenant had not been "verified" by Airbnb.
"Letting random strangers into your home is a very big risk," she wrote. "This has happened to me, and I did all of my reasonable due diligence, and it very well could happen to anyone."
Read Ms. Marzouk's full account of the incident online.