For the first time, Airbnb is taking legal action against a guest for violating its ban on unauthorized parties.
The San Francisco-based home sharing company said Wednesday it is launching legal proceedings against a guest who held an unauthorized party at a home in Sacramento County, California, last weekend. Three people were shot and injured in the evening.
Airbnb would not release the guest name but said it has removed the guest from its platform.
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The company has tried to clean up its image ̵1; promising to verify all its lists, for example, and get a harder line for parties – as it prepares for an initial public offering of its shares. The IPO, which was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, could occur even later this year.
Airbnb stopped renting “open invitations” late last year after five people were shot and killed at an unauthorized party in Orinda, California. The company set up a rapid response team to deal with complaints from neighbors and began checking out “high-risk” bookings, such as bookings at a large overnight home.
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Airbnb continued last month, banning guests under the age of 25 from booking entire homes near where they live.
In the latest case, Airbnb said it would seek monetary damages and donate to nonprofits fighting gun violence in the Sacramento area. Under Airbnb Terms of Service, the dispute will go to arbitration if Airbnb and the guest are unable to resolve the terms.
A spokeswoman for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday that the shootings remain under investigation.
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