MENLO PARK, Calif. --A Bay Area woman said she was left to deal with a massive cleanup at her home after it was trashed by a sex worker who rented it on the popular home-sharing website Airbnb.
According to homeowner Sharon Marzouk, evidence suggested the renter was shooting pornographic photos and videos inside the Menlo Park house.
Marzouk posted video to Facebook showing a huge mess. Her home sustained extensive water damage after the Airbnb guest allegedly left the bathtub running, Marzouk said.
"There was water pouring from the second floor to the first floor," the host said in a Skype interview.
Marzouk believed it was an accident, but damage estimates have exceeded $10,000.
"The place is destroyed," she said.
Marzouk said Airbnb was slow to respond when she called to report the damage.
The woman renting the room had told Marzouk she was a real estate agent, but things didn't add up.
"I realized that I didn't know who the person in my house was," Marzouk said. "As the pieces fell into place that she was more than likely using my bathroom as a business to take photos of herself."
The homeowner believes the guest installed extra lighting in the bathroom, then later left behind sex toys and a handwritten list of pornographic pictures she was planning to shoot.
"I gave my key to someone who Airbnb didn't even check their identification," Marzouk said.
In a statement, Airbnb spokesman Nick Shapiro said, "We have zero tolerance for this kind of behavior and have removed this guest from our platform."
Airbnb offers multiple safeguards, according to the company's website. It states hosts can vet renter on Airbnb.com by requiring them to provide government-issued identification.
The company said it was working to cover the cost of the damage at Marzouk's home.