A family in Christchurch have spoken out about their experience when renting out their house.
A family had requested to stay at Bridgette Hamilton's house through online booking platform Bookabatch.
Hamilton accepted the booking. Little did she know it was a pre-planned robbery.
"My neighbours had actually seen a couple of 'off-looking' characters scoping round the house a few days before," Hamilton said.
"They booked my house with the intention of robbing it."
Half of the contents of the house were stolen using a moving van.
Hamilton said her insurance company was doing little to help, and encouraged other hosts to be very careful. She suggested meeting the guests or getting a trusted friend to if you were not available.