Couple take extremely petty revenge on Airbnb host by leaving taps running and gas on for 25 days
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A couple took 'revenge' on their Airbnb host by leaving the taps running and the gas on for their entire 25-day stay, racking up huge utility bills.
Their host said that the couple had attempted to cancel their booking three days prior by claiming they had caught COVID-19.
When asked for proof, the guests then said they would go ahead with their reservation.
Problems also arose over apparent confusion over the location of the villa after they had booked it.
The property is actually in the suburbs of the capital, rather than the city centre.
But while most guests would contact their host or Airbnb themselves to try to rectify the issue, it seems the couple took a different route.
They contacted their host, identified simply as Mr Lee, and inquired whether the property was fitted with security cameras.
And Mr Lee told them it wasn't - although it did have a camera at the entrance to document entries and exits.
The visitors went in and, instead of enjoying the holiday let as agreed, turned on all the lights, taps, electrical appliances and gas taps.
After staying for five days initially, they left and returned to the property just five times in 25 days for less than five minutes each time.
However, Mr Lee didn't know about appliances being left on until the agreed check-out because his gas company checked in, fearing that there might be a leak due to the huge surge in usage.
When he went to the property, it was empty with the windows open and gas left on.
With the couple wasting a massive 12k litres of water, which Seoul's Waterworks Headquarters told SBS is the same as what eight adults would use in two months, Mr Lee was faced with massive bills.
The first was a $116 (£93) water and electricity bill, a $730 (£587) gas bill and $728 (£585) for undisclosed 'miscellaneous expenses'.
"Seeing how the utility bills went up by quite a lot, I wonder how unkind they have to be to be able to do such a thing," Lee said.
Although Airbnb’s AirCover protects hosts by providing cover for damage to the property or host’s belongings, it does not cover utility bills.
Mr Lee was allegedly advised to settle the bill with the couple directly, but they had already left the country.
UNILAD has reached out to Airbnb for comment.