For the first time ever, Airbnb is taking legal action against a guest for violating an unauthorized banquet ban.
The San Francisco-based home sharing company on Wednesday said it was conducting legal proceedings against a guest who held an illegal party at a home in Sacramento County, California, at the end last week. Three people were shot and injured at the party.
Airbnb will not disclose the guest name but said it has removed the guest from its platform.
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The company has been trying to clean up its image ̵1; promising to verify all its listings, for example, and taking a tougher stance on the parties – as it prepares for its initial public offering. to the public. An IPO, which has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, is likely to take place later this year.
Airbnb banned “open-ended” parties at its rental properties late last year after five people were shot dead at an illegal party in Orinda, California. The company formed a quick-response team to deal with complaints from neighbors and began screening for “high-risk” bookings, such as reservations at a large house overnight.
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Airbnb went further last month, banning guests under 25 from placing entire homes near where they live.
In the most recent case, Airbnb said it would seek damages with money and donate them to the anti-gun violence nonprofit in the Sacramento area. According to Airbnb’s terms of service, disputes will be adjudicated if Airbnb and the guest are unable to resolve the terms.
A Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said Wednesday that the shooting is still under investigation.
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