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Physical and Sexual Assault at an Airbnb or Vrbo

With the rising popularity of both Airbnb and Vrbo, the number of sexual assault incidents occurring in short term rentals have become too common.

 

 

 

Sexual assault can happen to anyone at any time. The Department of Justice suggest that over 1.5 million women and 834,700 men are raped and/or physically assaulted annually. Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or sexual behavior towards an individual without the individual’s explicit consent. Essentially, any unwanted and nonconsensual sexual activity is considered sexual assault which includes rape, groping, fondling, unwanted sexual touching, forcible penetration with an object and forcible sodomy. “Unwanted” does not necessarily mean that a person did not want to participate in such activities. It simply means that those activities were prohibited in some way. Two consenting adults could participate in sexual activity, but it could still be considered sexual assault based on the limits of the situation.

If you have experienced sexual assault during your stay at a short term rental, your response should be determined by the nature of the incident. If dangerous and ongoing, the most important thing that you can do is to remove yourself from the situation. If you need to seek assistance, do so immediately. Document the incident immediately as well by:

  • Seeking medical assistance if needed
  • File a police report and the incident with the short term rental provider (AirBnB, Vrbo)
  • Taking photos of your injuries and the scene of the attack
  • Gather witness information if any
  • Contact an experienced law firm

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Physical and Sexual Assault at an Airbnb or Vrbo

With the rising popularity of both Airbnb and Vrbo, the number of sexual assault incidents occurring in short term rentals have become too common.

 

 

 

Sexual assault can happen to anyone at any time. The Department of Justice suggest that over 1.5 million women and 834,700 men are raped and/or physically assaulted annually. Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or sexual behavior towards an individual without the individual’s explicit consent. Essentially, any unwanted and nonconsensual sexual activity is considered sexual assault which includes rape, groping, fondling, unwanted sexual touching, forcible penetration with an object and forcible sodomy. “Unwanted” does not necessarily mean that a person did not want to participate in such activities. It simply means that those activities were prohibited in some way. Two consenting adults could participate in sexual activity, but it could still be considered sexual harassment based on the limits of the situation.

If you have experienced sexual harassment and/or assault during your stay at a short term rental, your response should be determined by the nature of the incident. If dangerous and ongoing, the most important thing that you can do is to remove yourself from the situation. If you need to seek assistance, do so immediately. Document the incident immediately as well by:

  • Seeking medical assistance if needed
  • File a police report and the incident with the short term rental provider (AirBnB, Vrbo)
  • Taking photos of your injuries and the scene of the attack
  • Gather witness information if any
  • Contact an experienced law firm

With either Airbnb or Vrbo, they do not own properties, buildings or units that are available for rent. Usually, a vacation rental found on either are owned by private individuals who manage their rentals through their provided platform. The legal duty falls upon that of either the property owner or manager to keep their property safe for guests.

 

Airbnb and Vrbo bookings require users to agree to a lengthy contract and release that serves them and the property owners. Fortunately, signing such a release does bar you from filing a premises liability claim against them. If injuries were sustained due to intentional harm (such as assault, battery, or sexual abuse) or accidents such as a car crash which is unrelated to the property, it’s generally harder to get the company or property owner to cover the injury.

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You have the right to file a claim if you’ve been the victim of a sexual assault or other type of misconduct (whether physical or sexual in nature) at an Airbnb or Vrbo property

Separate from any criminal case proceeding, a sexual assault lawsuit can also help survivors recover damages for the harm caused. Emotional distress damages are compensation one recovers for impact that would include anxiety, humiliation, and psychological trauma.

 

Our attorneys at The Injury Law Firm of South Florida are here to make sure that you are fairly treated in the aftermath of such an incident and to help you take the necessary legal action you need to get the compensation you deserve.

What most renters of AirBnB and Vrbo fail to realize is that renting out your living space makes you a landlord and the guest is your tenant. As Landlords, there are inherit responsibilities they must perform to ensure the property is safe, habitable and any known safety hazards have been addressed and repaired.

Airbnb and Vrbo Accident and Injuries

Over the past few years, there has been a boom in the short-term vacation rental industry. We’ve seen new companies like Airbnb and Vrbo gain in popularity and also bringing with it, new revenue streams to cities around the country. Although guests of these rentals enjoy the unique locations and reasonable rates they provide on their vacations, in some instances the opposite is true and it is vitally important to protect yourself and any potential claim as much as possible.

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Often there are no issues with these rentals and both customers and owners share positive experiences. Staying at an Airbnb or Vrbo property should be a positive experience and equally, there should be no case where you end up in the hospital due to the negligence or unaddressed conditions of the property instead. At The Injury Law Firm of South Florida, our experienced attorneys work diligently to fight for their clients rights who have either suffered serious injuries or assault on or around their vacation rental.

What are some common injuries at a short term rental like Airbnb or Vrbo?

Home sharing has become significantly more common and unfortuantely, premises liability issues have become more frequent. Florida law provides specific remedies to guests of Aribnb and Vrbo hosts that do not protect their renters. If you or someone you know have sustained an injury related to an short-term rental accident, you could be eligible for compensation under premises liability law.

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  • Assaults or break-ins
  • Deck and stairway collapses
  • Defective elevators or escalators
  • Falling objects or debris
  • Hazardous Doors/Windows
  • Injuries from broken furniture, stairs, common areas

  • Insufficient lighting
  • Leaky appliances, roofs, showers, or bathtubs
  • Negligent Construction Injuries
  • Negligent security
  • Protruding objects, such as nails or splinters
  • Slip-and-falls

Property owners must clean up and repair dangerous conditions on the property to avoid an unreasonable risk of injury and prevent hidden dangers from injuring guests.

It can sometimes be difficult to find or determine who is liable in this process. For instance, common with city apartments, some units listed on these platformas are operated by people who are renters themselves that essentially sublet their short-term rentals. That means that the owner is probably not responsible for most conditions inside the rental unit, but the tenant would be. It is recommended and important to talk to vacation rental accident injury lawyer to have them investigate who owns the building, who rents it out through either Airbnb or Vrbo, and what parties need to be included in a lawsuit for injuries on those premises.

Talk to a Firm That Understands Vrbo and Airbnb Accidents and Injuries

The Injury Law Firm of South Florida have ample experience with short term rental cases and work on a contingency basis, meaning that you pay nothing until after we’ve recovered damages. Residents of Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, and Fort Lauderdale, schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.

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