I am sorry to hear that. I have seen sits where HO’s note they have another property they rent for AirBnB and offer to pay the sitter part of the income for helping deal with check in and other minor tasks. I personally never apply for sits like that as I don’t want to have to deal with the guests in any capacity no matter how limited. Even if we didn’t need to be involved at all, I would probably still be hesitant as if there are any issues, they would understandably probably come to us.
When you say you didn’t realize how intrusive it would be, I assume you knew ahead of time they would still be renting the property while they took their trip, and my answer is based on that.
Did they mention the property was attached to their house? Did they mention the cleaner would be entering the property to do the laundry?
If they didn’t mention these things (and we sometimes don’t know what questions to ask about a situation we have never encountered) you could let them know how bothersome it is, and if possible, could they not rent the property while you are there?
Or at the very least, arrange for the cleaner to do the laundry in her own home or a laundromat temporarily?
Barring these two changes, there really doesn’t seem to be anything else they could do to improve the situation.
To ask them to consider not renting the property while they are out might be really uncomfortable for a lot of people and they would opt not to. Or it might be really uncomfortable for you to say anything at all and you may choose not to. But if you do that, own the choice and you’ll be less stressed about the situation.
I did a sit last year where the HO said a friend rented garage space and would sometimes work on his classic car. Some of times he came there, he played music really loudly for extended periods and it bothered me, but I was able to move to another part of the house where I didn’t hear it as much.
I could have asked him to turn it down, but in all honesty I felt uncomfortable doing that. And I definitely wasn’t going to mention it to her in hopes of her saying something to him. So I took ownership of the fact I could have said something but chose not to, and that helped me feel less frustrated.
Ultimately, if you agreed to the sit knowing the AirBnB would be operating, you most likely just need to deal with it as it is, and chalk it up to a really beneficial learning experience. You can either decide not to do sits like this again, or if you are considering ones like this in the future, you know a lot of important questions to ask now to make sure it doesn’t cause problems like this.