A popular TikToker went viral for claiming to be a researcher who had been “digging in Airbnb” for months. He says he’s come to the conclusion that “hosts will destroy everything Airbnb was created for.”
In the video, Mr. Chris Chill (@mrchrischill) responds to another TikToker claiming “the Airbnb era is over” in a viral video.
Chris says the platform should be used by people who have a little more space and want to “make some money on the side”. Chris says some hosts are instead “big developers” who buy entire apartment complexes and then turn those units into Airbnbs that function like hotels.
“Instead of Grandma renting out her son’s old room, a major developer buys an entire apartment complex and turns 80% of it into Airbnbs,” says Chris.
An Airbnb representative told the Daily Dot in a statement that “most Airbnb hosts share only one home and use their home as a means of affordability given the rising cost of living.”
“The problem of affordable housing in the US can be traced back to the country simply not building enough affordable housing. Therefore, housing costs are increasing everywhere and for everyone,” they said. “The focus needs to be on building more housing for people, and Airbnb wants to be part of that solution and help.”
In his video, Chris also claims that there are too many hosts on the platform and that the company doesn’t know how to deal with the influx of hosts, resulting in poor quality and poor service.
“These hosts are ruining it for everyone,” he concludes. “Airbnb has a lot of potential but unfortunately it’s being ruined and their leadership doesn’t know how to handle it.”
Chris, who has nearly 100,000 followers, clarifies at the end of his video that his team was made up of college graduate business students.
@mrchrischill @Guapo P didn’t let me sew him, give his video a like | #airbnb #travel @airbnb @airbnbtok #airbnbfinds #traveltok #traveltiktok #fyp ♬ Original sound – Mr. Chris Chill
The video has been viewed over 505,000 times. In the comments, viewers listed their own reasons for opposing Airbnb.
“Prices used to be very cheap. Now they’re being rude,” said one viewer.
“Don’t forget the outrageous $200 cleaning fees and the host still expects you to do chores before you leave,” complained another.
Airbnb previously spoke to the Daily Dot about its cleaning fees. “While hosts continue to have the ability to choose their own cleaning fees, we offer tips to hosts on how to keep the amount reasonable and suggest they consider charging no cleaning fees at all,” a spokesman said at the time.
This story has been updated to include a statement from Airbnb.
The Daily Dot reached out to Chris via Redbubble and a TikTok comment.
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*Initial publication: June 30, 2022 at 4:03 pm CDT
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