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Airbnb is going through a tough part as reportedly the rental housing company reportedly is on the verge of filing for an IPO later this month.
The company’s latest challenge is dealing with a party-throwing landlord whose big leg ended in a shooting and three people were injured.
Now, Airbnb says for the first time, it will pursue legal action against a guest for violating its party ban.
In a statement, the San Francisco-based company said the unnamed customer booked short-term rent in Sacramento County under false pretenses and that during the runner-up, they violated local health orders amid the coronavirus pandemic as well as Airbnb community standards .
““This marks the first time Airbnb has taken affirmative action to initiate legal proceedings against a booking guest for dumping an unauthorized party,” the company said in a statement, adding that the violator has been stopped by the platform.
Following Airbnb’s recent IPO appearance, it has implemented a series of policies to help repair the company’s reputation within communities that oppose the continued movement of foreigners into their neighborhoods, and to address allegations that it is contributing to a lack of housing.
Last year, after a similar shooting at a short-term lease in which five people were killed, the company shut down “party houses”, vowing to expand the “manual examination of high-risk reserves”. The company also set up a 24-hour hotline to handle complaints from neighbors.
Recently, she stopped some guests under the age of 25 from booking lists of all homes in their local area.
The company’s initial public offering of shares has been delayed due to the pandemic, but is now expected later this month, according to the Wall Street Journal. Its current estimate is in the $ 18 billion neighborhood – a drop of $ 13 billion from 2017. Moreover, the company expects this year’s sales to be, at best, half that of last year .
She has also cut 25% of her workforce and laid off hundreds of contract workers as she tries to squeeze costs while borrowing $ 2 billion.
In connection with the lawsuit in Sacramento, the company says it plans to donate money received in a local nonprofit fight against gun violence.