To some, is one of the greatest things to happen to the travel industry in recent times. It's the prime example of how the new "sharing economy" is going to change everything.  People offer apartment, house or even couch stays on the site for rent.  It's so much more interesting than hotels, it is the best way to experience a destination, a fantastic way to meet new people.

It definitely can be all of those things, sure, but some users of the site brush up against the harsh reality that in many ways, Airbnb is far from perfect. 

Let's start with the elephant in the room: In many cities, Airbnb is flat out illegal. You can actually be evicted during your stay – it's happened – and your host could find themselves on the street, right along with you (this has also happened). 

Then there's the too-infrequently reported fact that Airbnb routinely collects up to 12 percent in fees from users on every single booking, which can amount to the cost of a hotel night in many cities. (Hosts pay a kinder, gentler three percent, by the way. Why? Because the last thing Airbnb wants to do is discourage hosts from signing up. Too bad users aren't as valued.)

Then there's the business of the site setup itself – I've personally spent far too much time searching for places to stay, only to find that the owner won't respond to emails, or that they aren't even renting the property anymore and "forgot to take down the listing." 

I also know of users who have booked – and paid for – apartments listed as completely private, only to find them anything but. I've heard of hosts informing guests halfway through their stay that they're moving the guest across town, with no compensation for the hassle. As is to be expected when you book into a stranger's home (or, when you rent your home out to strangers), things can get plain weird. 

Stories of such weirdness are everywhere – here are just ten cautionary tales.