Airbnb, which is based in San Francisco is an online marketplace and hospitality-based service. Often considered the “Uber” of hotels, Airbnb disrupted the hospitality industry through its innovative business model and growth.
This business is considered a broker as they don’t own any of the real estate listings but instead get a commission when booking. Therefore Airbnb does not hold themselves liable for problems such as bed bug infestations at the units listed on their website.
Similar to Hotels, people who come in and out with their luggage can allow bed bugs to travel from place to place. Bed Bugs can be left in cars or other means of transportation which can lead to a traveling infestation. As a guest of Airbnb, you do have legal options if you were a victim of bed bug related injuries.
What exactly are bed bugs?
Bed Bugs are considered blood-sucking insects that live off blood. They’re often found in diverse sets of environments, often irrelevant of the location’s cleanliness. The more traffic in any given place, the greater the likelihood that bed bugs will be spread to that area. This is why hotels and now Airbnb’s are often dealing with the problem of bed bugs, and the guests of these locations are the people stuck dealing with the bulk of the problem.
Some key things to look for when you think you have bed bug bites:
- Bed Bugs are brown/black and have round bodies
- Bed bugs travel by latching on to clothing/luggage, and also can crawl to different places
- Their saliva has an anti-clotting mechanism that keeps your blood from clotting or scabbing
- They can transmit diseases such as Chagas disease
- The bites often don’t show up during the incident, but can get larger and more irritating a few hours after being bitten
- The bites can be severely itchy and scratching can make it worse. There are other worse symptoms that can be caused by severe attacks.
Can I sue Airbnb for bed bug bite injuries?
There are ways to proceed with legal action against Airbnb. It would need to be related to some sort of negligence by the company or if they had prior knowledge of the situation. If there was a chance you brought bed bugs you will most likely not be able to sue.
Can I sue the homeowner for bed bug bites on Airbnb?
The homeowners who rents our properties have an obligation to provide safe and clean environments for their guests. It is important they provide sanitary living quarters to all guests and victims who were attacked by bed bugs is a direct violation of that agreement.
I was bitten by bed bugs in an Airbnb.. Am I alone?
If you were attacked by a bed bugs in an Airbnb on one or multiple occasions you are not alone, in fact there is a community of people out there who have experienced the same problem. Airbnb hell is a great resource to share stories and experiences related to your bed bug injuries.
Here is one-bed bug experience that occurred in 2017
I stayed at a listing in Brooklyn. The room in the informal “hotel”-style accommodation (i.e. a house with a digital lock and multiple rooms) had bed bugs. I was removed from the property, Airbnb (after I was forced to fight aggressively with their customer service representatives, who lied to me about reimbursement) paid for a hotel for three nights, and I left a very honest review articulating exactly what happened.
The review was posted two days ago, and it was removed today, presumably at the prompting of the host who did not want a review mentioning bed bugs on their listing page. Lest I be accused of bringing the bed bugs to the listing, let me say that I found the bugs – a lot of them – on the second night after the host said that her “cleaner” accidentally cleaned my room, instead of another room in the house. One of the bed bugs – a large adult – came crawling out of the “clean” duvet/sheets that night.
Bed Bug Lawyers & Attorneys in Airbnb
If you’re looking to submit a lawsuit it is recommended that you hire an experienced Airbnb bed bug lawsuit attorney. This is where we come in, helping bed bug bite victims find the right lawyer to help them get through this experience. It is important to gather ample amounts of evidence to aid your case when fighting for compensation in relation to your bed bug exposure.
People often ask and also struggle with whether or not they can actually sue for damages for bed bugs in an Airbnb. The answer is yes in the right situation, a guest can receive compensation for the following items;
- Medical Expenses
- Damage to your property and belongings
- Lost income during the time in which you were recovering and out of work
- And physical or mental pain and suffering you incurred as result
To get help about inquiring for compensation let us find you the best bed bug lawyer who specializes in Airbnb cases. Get in touch today!