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What are the dangers of an Airbnb rental?

On Behalf of | May 12, 2018 | Firm News, Personal Injury Claims |

Airbnb is becoming a popular way to find accommodations when traveling in Connecticut. In case you are unfamiliar with it, this company coordinates stays in people’s private homes for guests. Instead of staying at a hotel, you would book a stay with someone offering their home through this platform. It is popular for many reasons, among which is it can save you money. However, there is a downside to Airbnb rentals, which is the liability the homeowner takes on and the risks that you might face during your stay.

Unlike a hotel, an Airbnb rental is not as highly regulated. There are no security or safety checks done. This opens the door to many potential issues. As Time explains, there are multiple safety concerns that Airbnb renters never even think about because they are things you would likely take for granted. 

One glaring issue with these rentals is the lack of basic safety devices, such as smoke detectors and Co2 detectors. It is well known that having such safety devices is paramount to being safe in an abode. Without them, it is too easy to get caught in a fire or to suffer Co2 poisoning. Most rentals also lack a basic fire extinguisher, further increasing the dangers should there actually be a fire.

In addition, a typical hotel room would give you access to basic first aid supplies, which probably are something you won’t find at a rental. A simple first aid kit can make a huge difference should you or someone in your family get injured. 

Even if your rental is equipped with these items, you really won’t know if they are in good working order until you need to use them. That fire extinguisher could be empty. The medication in the first aid kit could be out of date, or the detectors could have dead batteries. There are really no safety checks done by Airbnb. The company relies on homeowners to be truthful when reporting safety measures This information is for education and is not legal advice.