A host who was supposed to be permanently banned from Airbnb was back on the site almost immediately, renting the same house, under a new account name.
The company has now removed the host, again, it tells us. This time for good. As we previously reported, this host caused a scary situation for Business Insider salesperson Joseph Velardo and his girlfriend Robyn Finker in June. While staying at this house in the Hamptons, Finker says, she got a weird text from the host, “Tom,” in the middle of the night. Shortly after that, Tom apparently let himself into the house while the couple was sleeping. Tom was downstairs, apparently inebriated, and talking nonsense, according to Velardo. It took Velardo 20 minutes to calm Tom down and get him to leave the house before the couple packed up their things and fled. [more]