Clearly, Airbnb is currently in its heyday, and its popularity is expected to grow substantially over the years. It’s convenient, it benefits both property owners and travelers looking for affordable housing options, and Airbnb rentals come at a reasonable price. It’s a win-win for everyone involved, including Airbnb, which gets a fee out of all this.
Yes, renting an apartment or house through Airbnb is convenient and affordable, but it becomes very confusing as to who can be held liable for a tenant’s injury in the event of an accident. “In many Airbnb accidents, tenants get injured due to negligence or carelessness on the part of the Airbnb host or property owner,” says our Philadelphia Airbnb accident attorney at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C.
Can you recover damages for your Airbnb accident?
Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous and careless property owners who rent out their apartment or house in a dangerous condition unfit for living. And the worst part is that they fail to warn their tenants of any hazards on the property when these hazards are not obvious to a reasonable person.
Although Airbnb is a relatively new phenomenon in the realm of law, it is possible to seek compensation for your injury if you sustained an injury in an Airbnb rental as a tenant. Whether or not you are entitled to recover damages depends on the type of accident, the nature of your injury, and how the accident was caused.
Causes of injuries in an Airbnb rental
Our experienced Airbnb accident attorney in Philadelphia has outlined the most common causes of injuries at Airbnb rentals as follows:
- Slip and fall accidents caused by wet and slippery surfaces
- Trip and fall accidents caused by obstacles on the floor, damaged flooring, and faulty stairways
- Fires and electrocutions caused by improper inspection and maintenance of electronic appliances and electric wires
- Infections and bed bug bites
- Assaults, battery, sexual assaults, and robberies caused by inadequate security, lighting, or faulty locks
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Elevator accidents and
- Exposure to mold, toxic chemicals, and other dangerous substances, fumes, and chemicals
Before renting out an apartment or house on Airbnb, the property owner has a legal duty to ensure that his or her property is free of any hazards and is safe and sanitary enough for living.
Airbnb’s liability for your injury when renting an apartment or house
When an Airbnb host rents his or her apartment or house for profit, he or she owes you a duty of care. That duty of care includes maintaining the property in a safe and sanitary condition and eliminating any dangerous conditions on the property. Property owners who rent out their apartment or house through Airbnb have a legal duty to inspect their property routinely to identify any hazards on the property. If such hazards have been found while conducting inspections, the Airbnb host is required to fix, remedy, repair, or otherwise eliminate the dangerous conditions.
When renting a rental through Airbnb, tenants expect the property to be safe and free of any unreasonably hazardous conditions. In many cases, tenants are able to file a lawsuit against Airbnb itself even though it is merely a platform through which property owners can rent out their apartments or houses and tenants can rent the properties via Airbnb in the U.S. or any other country where Airbnb is available.
Whether or not Airbnb shares responsibility for your injury depends on a variety of factors, including whether the platform promised that the property would be “safe” when, in fact, it turned out to be unreasonably dangerous. In order to determine liability in your Airbnb accident, it is advised to speak to an experienced premises liability lawyer from The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. Get a free consultation by calling at 215-543-7220 today to learn more about your legal rights as an Airbnb tenant.