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Premises liability: Do you know if your vacation rental is safe?

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2024 | Premises Liability

California boasts stunning vacation destinations and rental platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo offer exciting lodging alternatives. But while these rentals can be budget-friendly and unique, they may also pose safety risks.

This article explores why vacation rentals like Airbnb can be risky to help you weigh the possible dangers when booking a stay.

Why they can be risky

Unlike hotels with standardized safety measures, vacation rentals are often subject to the whims of individual hosts. This lack of uniformity can lead to several dangers:

  • No safety regulations: You might encounter stairs without railings, balconies without rails, or even a slippery floor – all potential hazards.
  • Inconsistent standards. Each host sets their own rules and may not inform you about potential hazards.
  • Insufficient maintenance. Without maintenance and upkeep, the property may have damage, presenting unexpected injury hazards.

When booking an Airbnb or Vrbo, make it a point to ask about their safety measures.

Common vacation rental injury risks

Unfortunately, the lack of regulation and standardization means there is no one to ensure the property is free of danger, resulting in these and other potential risks:

  • Fire and electrical hazards
  • Health risks (unsanitary, bug infestations)
  • Personal safety threats (break-ins, assault)
  • Slips and falls
  • Deck or balcony accidents
  • Exposure to toxins or mold

As a paying guest, you deserve a safe place to stay. If your host does not reasonably protect guests from harm and you are injured, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit under premises liability.

An accident that results in severe injuries can have lasting consequences, such as expensive medical bills and lost income. Take your story to someone who can help you obtain financial compensation for your vacation rental injuries.