For the first time in its history, Airbnb is planning to sue a guest who threw an unauthorised party in Sacramento, California, at which three people were wounded in a shooting. It argues the guest was negligent, violated of local health orders, didn’t follow the platform’s guidelines, and “booked the listing under false pretenses”.
Any money won from the lawsuit will be donated to nonprofits addressing gun violence in the Sacramento area.
The shooting is one of a recent series, including a Halloween party last year that left five dead, after which the company launched a 24/7 hotline for neighbours to report concerns directly to the company. It also pledged to verify all 7 million listings on its platform.