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California doctor reveals a stranger listed her home for RENT on Airbnb

A California doctor has revealed a stranger listed her home for hire on Airbnb — after which provided to let her ebook her personal property when she requested to have the fraudulent submit taken down. 

Shireen Heidari, a palliative care and household medication doctor on the Stanford Department of Medicine, shared her story on Twitter this week in a bid to get the itemizing eliminated. 

‘Hi @Airbnb – I might actually admire you contacting me. Someone has listed my home as their rental, and once I messaged them asking them to take it down, they provided [the] choice to ebook my very own home,’ Heidari, 36, tweeted on Monday.

‘We reported it, however the itemizing continues to be lively. This shouldn’t be okay,’ she added.

Airbnb doesn’t presently require potential hosts to supply proof of possession with the intention to get a itemizing activated on its web site, that means that anybody can put up a home for hire with out the company verifying that they really personal or lease it.   

Shireen Heidari, 36, a palliative care and family medicine physician at the Stanford Department of Medicine, revealed on Twitter that a stranger had listed her home on Airbnb

Shireen Heidari, 36, a palliative care and household medication doctor on the Stanford Department of Medicine, revealed on Twitter that a stranger had listed her home on Airbnb 

When she reached out to the stranger about having the listing removed, she was offered an option to rent her own home (stock image)

When she reached out to the stranger about having the itemizing eliminated, she was provided an choice to hire her personal home (stock picture)

Heidari defined in a subsequent tweet that she had came upon concerning the itemizing after town mailed letters to the earlier house owners at her handle ‘about needing to report rental taxes.’

When she known as to inquire concerning the letters, a metropolis worker shared the Airbnb itemizing hyperlinks with her.   

‘Grateful they caught it,’ she wrote. ‘Otherwise we’d have came upon by individuals displaying up at our home (!!)’

Heidari didn’t reveal whether or not or not she had confirmed how the individual got here throughout details about or photos of their home within the first place. 

A couple of hours after her preliminary tweet, she returned to Twitter with an replace, saying ‘the itemizing is down after being reported as fraudulent.’   

‘We supplied proof of possession. Still not clear what subsequent steps are,’ she added. ‘There had been many messages and calls all through in the present day. With gratitude to the customer support rep who stayed on line at 11pm to assist type it.’ 

Heidari said the listing was finally removed after 'provided proof of ownership' of her home

 Heidari mentioned the itemizing was lastly eliminated after ‘supplied proof of possession’ of her home

In one other replace, Heidari confirmed that the difficulty was lastly resolved. 

‘Appreciate the help all. After this tweet, one other name to customer support, and a DM from @Airbnb – the itemizing has been eliminated,’ she wrote. 

‘Want to acknowledge the customer support rep on the telephone who caught with me at 11pm to type this and known as again to let me understand it was eliminated.’ 

It appears as if Heidari and her husband, Brian Granaghan, lately moved into  the home and have been having points with it. 

Granaghan, a software engineer at Google, responded to his spouse’s preliminary tweet to Airbnb on Tuesday, saying this was simply the most recent debacle they have been confronted with.

‘So this was enjoyable. And there’s much more to return,’ he wrote. ‘Just wait for the story about how final week a company we have by no means heard of put a lien on our home with the power to foreclose in 90 days over a project the final proprietor engaged however by no means began. Who is aware of what subsequent week will carry.’ 

Heidari's husband, Brian Granaghan, responded to his wife's initial tweet to Airbnb on Tuesday, saying this was just the latest debacle they've been faced with since moving into their home

Heidari’s husband, Brian Granaghan, responded to his spouse’s preliminary tweet to Airbnb on Tuesday, saying this was simply the most recent debacle they have been confronted with since shifting into their home 

The Google software engineer also pointed out that while the listing was eventually removed, the person's account is still active

The Google software engineer additionally identified that whereas the itemizing was finally eliminated, the individual’s account continues to be lively 

Granaghan additionally known as our Airbnb for its itemizing insurance policies, saying that whereas the itemizing was eliminated, the opposite individual’s account continues to be lively. 

‘Since this has blown up, a few notes: 1. @Airbnb ‘s response was to not require the itemizing account to indicate proof of possession. They required us to. 2. @Airbnb merely eliminated the itemizing quite than droop the account that provided to let my spouse ebook our personal home,’ he wrote. 

Airbnb’s course of for approving and verifying a new host doesn’t presently require customers to supply proof of possession or lease for the property that they’re planning to listing. 

In November 2019, the company’s CEO, Brian Chesky, insisted that Airbnb was planning to maneuver to a ‘100 per cent verified’ system by the tip of 2020. 

However, its web site states that the one data a host is required to supply is their authorized title, home handle, date of start, hometown, and citizenship or nationality.  

The home handle being supplied doesn’t must be the identical handle because the property that’s being listed.

‘This is the bodily handle the place you reside, which can differ out of your Airbnb itemizing handle(es),’ the company explains on its website. ‘It’s used to verify your identification and received’t be proven on your itemizing or shared with visitors.’ 

Other Twitter users claimed that similar things have happened to them while responding to Heidari's tweets about her home being listed without her knowledge

Other Twitter customers claimed that comparable issues have occurred to them whereas responding to Heidari’s tweets about her home being listed with out her data  

Airbnb states that first-time listings may require additional affirmation, reminiscent of documentation that formally hyperlinks a host to the property, however this isn’t a inflexible requirement.  

Potential hosts ‘may be requested to supply a authorities ID.’ Another technique of verification, which can be not required however could also be requested for, is offering a safety code that’s mailed to the handle on the itemizing. 

Heidari’s expertise impressed others to share their very own Airbnb horror tales, and a variety of individuals claimed comparable issues have occurred to them.    

‘This occurred to me as soon as however on a totally different facet,’ one Twitter consumer commented. ‘I booked an Airbnb, paid, confirmed up, knocked on the door, & the proprietor had no thought who I used to be or why I used to be there. Someone was scamming them like they’re scamming you.’

‘Happened to my niece – they booked @Airbnb abroad and the home had been posted fraudulently. I assume we must always all test our homes since they do not!’ another person wrote.  

‘A pair [in] SF Bay Area lost their home as a renter rented their home on Airbnb and apparently there’s some legislation that after a month of keep individuals can’t be compelled out. They rented their newly purchased home for [a] few months to complete their present lease and ended up in foreclosures,’ one other claimed. 

DailyMail.com has reached out to Heidari and Airbnb for remark.  

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