Airbnb has removed a Brighton property from its listing while it investigates the collapse of a first floor balcony which resulted in two men and two women being hospitalised.

ABTA chairman Noel Josephides has questioned whether Airbnb has a duty to check the public liability policy of hosts, whether the terms of any mortgage permit sub-letting, and who a client might pursue for damages following such an incident. If a client books with an operator that complies with the Package Travel Regulations then any action is against the operator, who has to take full responsibility for the actions of its suppliers.

Airbnb states on its website that it provides protection insurance against guests injuring themselves or damaging a property; however there is no requirement for private properties let on platforms such as theirs to be inspected and checked for health and safety issues.

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