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 on Wednesday it was taking legal action against a guest who threw an unauthorized party at a house in Sacramento County, Calif., Last weekend. Three people were shot and wounded during the party.
Airbnb did not disclose the name of the guest, but said it removed the guest from its platform.
The company has tried to clean up its image – by promising to verify all of its listings, for example, and taking a harder line on the parties – as it prepares for an initial public offering of its shares. The IPO, which was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, could still take place later this year.
Airbnb banned “open invitations” at its rentals late last year after five people were shot and killed at an unauthorized party in Orinda, California. The company has set up a rapid response team to handle complaints from neighbors and has started screening “high risk” bookings, such as bookings to a large house for one night.
Airbnb went further last month, banning people under 25 from booking entire homes close to where they live.
In the most recent case, Airbnb said it would seek damages and donate them to a nonprofit that fights gun violence in the Sacramento area. Under Airbnb’s terms of service, the dispute will be arbitrated if Airbnb and the guest are unable to resolve the terms.
A spokeswoman for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said on Wednesday the shootings were still under investigation.