Airbnb Property Cancels Stay

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May 6, 2020
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I recently read an article that was wrote in the Washington Post regarding filing disputes for cancelled travel plans. I am reaching out to you today in hopes that you could assist me or offer me some kind of advise on how to proceed.

I made a reservation through Airbnb, the host is Real Joy a property management company based out of Destin Fl. My reservation was made on April 30th for May 15th-17th in Ft. Walton Beach Fl. I was not aware that the State of Florida was under a rental ban when I made the reservation. The rental ban has now been extended and Real Joy has cancelled my reservation. Of course they are offering me a travel voucher to use in the future (when rates are higher than I currently booked at).

I feel very mislead by the website allowing me to make a reservation during a time when all rental properties are not allowed to operate under the Governors orders. No where on the listing did it have any indication of the rental ban and still does not today. They are still taking reservation currently on their properties. I feel as though this is a ploy to take consumers money knowing the reservations will be cancelled to have a stream of revenue. Then offering them travel vouchers to use in the future when rates are much higher. I don't understand how this is a legal practice?

Any good advice you can offer? Thanks for listening!

Sarah Cahill
 

Patina

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Have they denied your request for a refund? How did you pay for the rental? If they have denied you a refund and you paid by credit card, I would file a chargeback with your credit card company showing that the vacation rental ban was in effect at the time you made the reservation and that they are denying you a refund.
 
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I think you're making this too complicated. They cancelled your reservation--They owe you a refund. The discussion of when rental bans went into effect isn't really necessary,

Contact Airbnb to ask for your refund.
 
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