Manuel was just a disgruntled and trouble maker. From day one he lied on Airbnb the only he and maybe his bride will be staying at Wüenam vacation home. And booked as such. Then he got his friend DELA in Accra to come check out the place in advance. Dela loved it, took pictures and called Manuel in London to confirm and highly approve of the place, the ambience, space, etc and said it was more than perfect for his stay. Our roads are untarred in an elite neighbourhood which both Manuel and his friend Dela were okay with. Manuel then wanted to pay me direct to avoid Airbnb charges which I declined. So he went ahead and booked on Airbnb.
As described in the ad, there's 24/7 security monitoring both electronically and with an onsite caretaker/security. On manuel's first night 7 other undocumented guests joined him and stayed overnight. 4 extra on the second night so I had to have a discussion with him about sneaking guests in and not informing me. He apologized profusely, on phone and by text messages and agreed to pay a flat fee of $200 to cover all and any extra guests sleeping over for his entire 7 days. Being a compassionate person I understood he had wedding expenses and agreed to that token. Which he didn't want to pay at the end of his stay and I had to involve the local police to intercede.
He destroyed my gas BBQ grill by putting charcoal in it after I had told him to only use my gas. That too he apologized profusely on phone and texts. It was one problem after the other. I almost thought the whole married thing was treading him. Amidst all these issues he caused me, I still assisted him with getting him drinks and other stuff for his wedding and was generally helpful to him.
During his stay he tampered with and moved my security cameras around every day and that too I waited a couple of days after the security company alerted me, waiting for Manuel to have the decency to speak to me about why he needed to do that. After waiting in vain I had to ask him, make him aware it was a criminal offence to tamper with public cameras. His excuse was that he liked to be naked in and around the house and he had female friends around. This is a man who was getting married in a few days. Why should be worried about naked female friends with him in the house (I have his texts confirming this). I warned him not to touch cameras again and called the security folks for thorough service, costing me 500 Ghana cedis which Manuel promised to pay. Also he refused to pay at check out and I had to involve the police again. His uncouth undocumented guests also disengaged my pedestrian electronic gate. I finally had to file a police report.
In short Manuel was more of a disturbance than a joy to host. If you plan to host him, make sure you have an agreement in place and watch him.