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Old 12-24-2018, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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Oh! He also said I "was never there" in his review, so why run the heat so "high." Due to his absence, he has no idea how often I was there, other than me saying I shouldn't be there too often, before I rented it. He took it upon himself to assume I was not there and stated as such in his review of me.
Forgot all about that!
Unless he had a hidden camera at his place, which is something I could see a person who rents his house out to complete strangers that he hasn't had the chance to vet might do. Just the thought creeps me out.

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Old 12-24-2018, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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Sorry but you are the one being disrespectful here. 76 is not an outrageous setting for the thermostat. Especially for people that may be traveling and used to living in different climates. 70 is wayyyyy too cold for me and my spouse to ever get comfortable. We keep our house 74-75 24/7 all year. If I am short on funds in the summer I will let it go up to 78-80. I see some posts where people say they set the temp to 60 at night. Not a freaking chance that would work for me, it would be like sleeping in my backyard.

I really believe that this may come down to where you live and what temps you are used to. I can't even imagine living with the thermostat set at 70, we would be wearing coats and gloves inside in that temp. I am a native of Phoenix AZ.

I would love to have the owner that gave the OP a bad review come stay at my house in Phoenix in August and I will force him to keep the temp at 87-90. I will make me a little uncomfortable and they will feel like they are dying from heat stroke lol.
This. And, quite frankly, if you don't set the rules out beforehand, I don't see how you can truly get upset if someone turns up the temperature a little.
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Old 12-25-2018, 08:02 PM
 
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Bear with me....thanks:
So I stayed for the first time as an airbnb guest. Cleveland (my former home), great central location, condo in a old classy apartment building, etc. Owner (med student) was out of town, out of the country actually, until the last day of my stay. Found this out after I booked it, but preferred it for the privacy and not worrying about waking him up, etc. Had my own room in a large apartment. All was good.
The ten days I stayed there went well, but there were small issues that would have deterred others but I rolled with it because of the preferred location. The shower handle was broken and it was impossible to get water without forcing it. I did not want to force anything because I imagined water spraying everywhere out of something I caused, and so I called and emailed. He was in a remote location in Africa and didn't get back to me for some time that day, but he was nice and apologetic and knew about the broken handle but assured me to force it and it would work fine. I forced it and it did. He also offered a full refund if I wanted to leave, before I tried getting the shower going. No need, I assured him. All is well, right? He seemed to appreciate my flexibility.
Cleveland had unbelievably low temperatures during my entire stay....average of 10 degrees. Never got above 20. At night was zero-ish. Upon my arrival, the thermostat was at 50. The condo was FREEZING. There was a note to turn the thermostat on upon my arrival, but no temperature setting was listed for instructions. I bumped it up to 76 to get things warmed up and went to bed.....still a very cold, drafty place. Never truly got "warm."
We had talked back and forth and had been friendly before booking and when I had questions throughout my stay. Super nice and friendly......helping each other really. He arrived the next-to-last day, I was out at dinner, he texted me to say he bumped the thermostat down to 70. I said ok and thanks and that I'd see him in the morning.
Saw him early the next day in the hallway, shook hands, I was very friendly and social, just as we had been. I could tell something was amiss with him. So he started the conversation with "about checkout.....?" I said I'm planning on leaving in a couple of hours, he said ok, very well, and that was that. I took a shower thinking "what's going on?"
Gave him his keys as I left, told him to keep the bottle of detergent and the craft beers in the fridge (I never used anything in the kitchen). He said ok thanks. Never looked up from the computer and fairly cold. I figured it for his personality, shook hands, said thanks with a smile and headed out.
Airbnb wanted me to do a review a few days later, so I gave a brief, positive, non-specific review. All good, good communication, great place etc. After all, I wanted a good review back. And I didn't mention the broken shower etc etc.
A few days after that I was skewered in his review of me. It all dwelled on the temperature of the thermostat, how I was not staying in a personal hotel, how it's someone's house and I need to be more respectful of temperature norms, etc. It went on and on that way, three paragraphs and all about the thermostat. (I think he's STILL writing about it as we speak.). And a backhanded compliment about how I "was probably just new to airbnb and how I will learn." Again, the condo was freezing. Old windows, drafty, etc. And is 76 degrees ridiculous and worth all of this?
I'm older (54), always respectful of others and their property, and would never impose. So part of me wants to reply and say everything that was wrong (small issues that would have bugged others but not me), and part of me wants to take the high road and just let it go. However, this review of me is permanent and so I might want to do airbnb again (although right now I'm asking myself why would I) and me explaining might alleviate fears of renting out their room to me, the guy that can't use a thermostat correctly. Another concern is that if I open up this can of worms he might do something like blame me for his broken shower (which he knew was broken), or something else. Everyone I've talked to says skewer him back. Not my style. And frankly I'm tired of worrying about it.
Next move? thanks all
IMO, contact AirBnB and explain all the situation and also let them know that you had also left him a positive review and what he has done in return? And then request AirBnB to remove both your review and his reply. Or at least remove his negative feedback against you.

Once done, move on and donít take any further action on it.

All you want to do is get your negative feedback removed so that you donít have issues when other hosts read it and refuse your booking requests in the future.
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Old 12-25-2018, 08:17 PM
 
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It's not a close call. Op is right, landlord is wrong, and you are wrong. Get over it.

76 is a perfectly normal temperature,
a temperature you would probably consider too low in the summer, yet body temp of 98.6 is constant year round.

It's up to landlord to post restrictions on thermostat and set rates appropriately.
For you, may be.
For me, 76 is quite hot.

68 to 70 is a good all year round temp for me in my house.
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:55 PM
 
Location: New Mexico via Ohio via Indiana
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OP here, my second Airbnb attempt ended last week.....and it was terrific and worked out just fine.
Great host, apartment was nice and toasty (for those of you who were mad at the first host) and I didn't have to touch the thermostat (for those of you who were mad at me).
;-)
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:08 AM
 
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Same! Glad it's not only me. 70 is barely hitting the line of being semi-tolerable, for me. 75-ish is where "comfortable" starts.
My ideal indoor temp range is between 55-65. Anything over 75 is much too hot! Also the older I get the less tolerance I have for heat and the more I enjoy cold weather.

In the summer I would set the air conditioning on 68. In winter if I lived in a cold climate again I might set the heat to somewhere in the mid 50's. In San Francisco the last time I used the heat was in 2007.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:59 AM
 
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OP here, my second Airbnb attempt ended last week.....and it was terrific and worked out just fine.
Great host, apartment was nice and toasty (for those of you who were mad at the first host) and I didn't have to touch the thermostat (for those of you who were mad at me).
;-)
Did you ever try talking on the phone to Airbnb and explaining that the bad review was unreasonable??
I found them very helpful with a situation where I was buying a house being used for airbnb. The
realtors and seller all thought I was required by law to honor airbnb bookings past the sell date.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:14 AM
 
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I probably won't use Air BNB for this reason unless it's to a "Professional AirBNBer" that views it as a business, is professional and consistent.
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