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How cavalier of you. Common sense dictates that if one is using a platform that collects fees for its services and takes payment upfront from its referral, it might as well do all the work by ensuring due diligence and deposits are addressed at the same time. Not everyone has the manpower for the screening hence the need for the platform. This service is offered by Airbnb. Booking.com needs to improve its business model ... Just a thought/suggestion ! It may also enhance income streams... a word is enough for the wise.
We had the same problem too.
As new hosts we are not allowed to take deposits with the booking, instead we are meant to confront a new guest prior to entry by asking for cash which is uncomfortable, as the platform should address this on our behalf.
No smoking policies are clearly noted but a dishonest will do what they want. I sympathize with you and why should we have to take the hit on our insurance for their incompetence?