Do Treasure Valley Airbnb’s Have Cameras Hidden Inside? Probably.
We don't know for sure because, well, they're hidden. But Airbnb does allow for hosts to place cameras in common areas like the kitchen and living room, so chances are, they're in there somewhere. Here's how you can find them.
The cost of staying at an Airbnb rental in Boise has skyrocketed in the past year. Wow! In September of 2020, the average rate per night was $115, and in August of 2021, the average rate in Boise was $161. And occupancy rates have gone up from 70 percent last December to 94 percent this past July. Boise hosts are packing 'em in, and they might be setting up video surveillance for them too. It's allowed if it's in the right spot.
Guests might not be too fond of being taped. KTVB ran a story last year letting us know how we can uncover hidden cameras at hotels and Airbnbs, and it's a little unnerving to realize just how common cameras are at lodging spots. But then, cameras ARE everywhere. Every time we're shopping in a store or entering a restaurant we're on camera, and surveillance videos from home security systems are all over neighborhood apps and socials, showing us that somebody is peaking into our car windows at 2 am. Eek. The idea that cameras are planted inside Airbnbs won't be a shocker unless you happen to run across one in the bathroom or the bedroom.
A viral video by Marcus Hutchins on TikTok shows us how to spot possible recording devices. Look for a smoke detector placed directly over the bed, or an alarm clock that's pointed in that direction. Cameras can be small, and can even fit in a USB outlet brick.
If hosts do use cameras to monitor their guests, Airbnb rules say they have to disclose how and where the guests are being monitored. The full rules are posted HERE. If cameras are hidden, Airbnb hosts can be removed from the site, and guests who secretly monitor hosts can also be banned. Full disclosure is key.
Ninety-three percent of Boise's Airbnbs are rated at least 4.5 out of 5 stars, so guests are happy for the most part. With Boise State football in full swing and ski season coming up, it's prime time to share your house. Just let them know if you're leaving some video equipment behind.