A family finds a hidden camera in the TV cabinet of their Airbnb property

Travelers discover a hidden camera in their Airbnb property

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The shocking discovery was made by Jas Grewal, who was staying at the Airbnb with his three cousins.
  • Grewal told CityNews he and his family were looking for an HDMI cable when they saw a locked cabinet with a peek inside.
  • Grewal added that her cousin slept on the mattress placed just in front of the wardrobe.
Airbnb is a hospitality company that lets people rent cottages, apartments, hostels, and hotel rooms on a short-term basis.
The company started in 2008, but its popularity only skyrocketed in the last decade when people around the world started looking for cheaper alternatives to hotels.

According to reports, there are now around 2.9 million hosts on Airbnb globally, with 14,000 hosts joining the platform each month.

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Even more impressively, there are 220 countries and regions with active Airbnb listings in 2022.

With such a vast portfolio and network, one would expect their accommodations and host families to always be pristine and uncontroversial. But that was not the case.

However, their reputation has been badly tarnished in the past with horror stories of guests finding their room ransacked, a couple kicked out of a private hot tub and a guest discovering that an artist had painted a mural on the his bedroom wall. Additionally, several guests claim to have found hidden cameras in their rooms.

Recently, a family was surprised after discovering a hidden camera in their rented Airbnb property in Brampton, Canada. To prove their claim, they also took photos of the property and the camera that was planted in the sleeping area.

The shocking discovery was made by Jas Grewal, who was staying at the Airbnb with his three cousins.

Grewal told CityNews he and his family were looking for an HDMI cable when they saw a locked cabinet with a peephole.

To their surprise, they were able to see the camera lens from the peephole.

“And when he looked closer, the cabinet was locked, so you couldn’t get into the cabinet. There was like a camera behind it that was locked. That’s when we realized that there was a hidden camera in our living space. The mattress was right in front of it,” Jas told the outlet.

Grewal added that her cousin slept on the mattress placed just in front of the wardrobe.

Although Airbnb’s website mentions that security cameras and noise monitoring devices may be allowed for security measures if disclosed in the listing, Grewal said he didn’t say anything to the camera subject.

Following the incident, Airbnb released a statement and told CityNews that the company’s policy was clear regarding the use of security cameras in homes. But they also added that they take guest privacy seriously.

It is understood that Grewal and his cousins ​​were given full refunds after the incident.

“We take customer privacy seriously and our dedicated security team investigates thoroughly. A full refund has been issued to guests and the listing has been deactivated pending investigation,” Airbnb said in its statement.

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