Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Serious injury or death: HomeAway/Expedia ignores substantial hazards in Amsterdam Rental

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In addition to grossly misrepresenting the quality and features of this boat, (including the rats inside wall panels.) our HomeAway rental at Keizersgracht 8K, Amsterdam offered a fairly wide variety of health hazards.

The stove, lighting and boarding issues have the potential to cause serious injury or death. Despite this, HomeAway has not contacted us regarding any of the issues we have brought to their attention.

NOTE: All of the photos below have been reduced to speed page download. Original, full-sized photos are available as are scores of others (including videos and soundtracks of rats squealing and gnawing inside the walls.)

Improper lighting fixtures plugged in next to shower, sink and wet areas.
Aft Sink

The edge of the shower can be seen at the left side of this image of the forward cabin.
Gas stove top without proper ventilation in the tightly-sealed boat living area. 
We did not use because of the possibility of combustion gases and possible buildup of carbon monoxide.

Black mold
It was everywhere. These are a few selected examples.

Hazardous boarding ramp and no handholds outside.
This image is not very clear because it was a vacation memory taken before we realized that HomeAway was not going to make good on its vacation guarantee -- thus making this blog necessary.

The steps were flimsy. The gunwale tops were curved inward and easily snagged a toe when leaving. There was a very small space between the gunwale and the cabin top which made movement awkward. There were no handholds, lifelines, or rails for balance, safety or preventing someone from going overboard..

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