Airbnb Host Cancels Vacation Rental After Guest Asks About Camera Surveillance

What’s your expectation of privacy when you’re staying in a vacation rental? Renee Bushey of Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood planned a biking and hiking trip with her family in New Hampshire Memorial Day weekend and found a place to stay on Airbnb. “I found an old, kind of an old farmhouse. It looked like it had a lot of space,” said Bushey. “We were excited to get out of the city for a while.” The house listing included security cameras on the property. Bushey says she assumed they were outside, but learned more after messaging the host. “She said every area besides the bedroom and the bathroom had cameras in it. I never did get an answer if it included audio and what were they doing with these recordings,” said Bushey. She says the host canceled her reservation at the last minute after she asked whether they could put down a security deposit instead of being monitored via video.

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