Hi everyone, Deacon here!
Just wanted to send a quick heads up about a couple of suspicious inquiries I have received. The first was on Peerspace and the next was on another platform.
In both instances, the prospective ‘renter’ told me that they would need to completely clean out my space in order to conduct their shoot (the first inquiry claimed to be shooting home decor and the second didn’t specify).
What’s suspicious is that I have a LOT of decor. A LOT. Oil paintings, furniture, tapestries, lots of stuff.
The first inquired about a 10 hour booking (instant red flag, because it would take a team of movers almost a day to clear our space out, not to mention bringing in their own decor) and the second inquired about a 2 day booking (still not enough time and it creates an additional concern: where are you taking my stuff for two days?)
While it’s entirely possible that they are legit and need to bring in all of their own decor, it’s unlikely that they would choose to book an already decorated space instead of negotiating a deal with the rental manager of an empty condo loft, or the owner of a vacant house on Zillow.
Remember that the most important aspect of host safety is asking yourself: “what’s the worst thing that could happen?”
In the case of the aforementioned inquiry? They could be casing our home for a robbery. The best way to rob someone is to hire a moving company and have them move everything into a truck and just leave us there with goofy smiles on our faces and our property gone forever.
There is NEVER a compelling reason to allow a renter to move the majority of your personal property off of your property, especially into a truck. EVER.
If a renter needs an empty space, there are empty spaces all over Zillow, Craiglist and heck, even Peerspace!
Renting your space is essentially inviting strangers into your home. They could have a stolen credit card and be booking under a fake name. You really don’t know!
Stay safe hosts and I’m looking forward to seeing you at my next event on Friday!