first_imgMisleading online rental and sales listings posted on both Rightmove and Airbnb have been tackled by national watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority, highlighting the dangers of inaccurate online property details posted by agents and landlords.The first to have their wrists slapped is an Airbnb landlord. The ASA received two complaints about a property listing on the home sharing platform by one of its customers.It claimed to offer ‘Free cancellation for 48 hours after booking” and “Cancel before 5:00pm on Jul 16 and get a full refund”.The complainants challenged whether the listing was misleading, as both cancelled their booking within the specified time period but did not received a full refund, as they were not refunded the service fee.“We contacted the advertiser, who informed us that they would make their refund conditions clearer in the future, and that they had now given both complainants a full refund,” says an ASA spokesperson.“On that basis, we considered the case to be informally resolved without the need for an investigation.”AdvertisingThe other case involved six-branch Cornish firm Marshalls Estate Agents, which has promised to amend a Rightmove listing that described a property as freehold when it was in reality a leasehold home.“We contacted the advertiser, who subsequently amended the post. We therefore considered this case to be informally resolved,” says the ASA.The ASA’s guidance to estate agents about online property details says: “It may seem obvious, but don’t make claims about features of properties unless you can prove theiraccuracy with documentary evidence”.Read more about estate agents Rightmove advertising standards authority airbnb ASA September 2, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Landlord and estate agency change listings following complaints previous nextRegulation & LawLandlord and estate agency change listings following complaintsAdverts appearing on Airbnb and Rightmove listed by a landlord and an agent prompt complaints from the public about their accuracy.Nigel Lewis2nd September 20200502 Viewslast_img

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