Yikes! I'm really glad you wrote this piece. I had no idea there were safety risks of this magnitude involved in using this service. As my family makes plans to travel later this year, I will keep these things in mind. I'll also keep in mind the experience of a friend who traveled from Chicago to Europe before the pandemic and discovered that the host had canceled her Airbnb rental. She was forced to pay last-minute rates to stay at a hotel. Clearly, there are flaws in this business model.

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