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Who Is Legally Responsible If You Get Injured At An Airbnb?


Going on a vacation to South Carolina is a great idea at any time of year, but some people are understandably wary of staying in hotels these days, given that the newest variants of COVID-19 are so transmissible, even to vaccinated people.  Vacation rentals are seeming more and more attractive, given how affordable they are and how they provide the opportunity to avoid sharing elevators, doorknobs, and dining areas with people other than the ones with whom you traveled.  What happens if you get injured while staying at a house or condominium that you booked through Airbnb or another vacation rental website?  The same laws apply to legal responsibility for accidents at vacation rental properties as to legal responsibility for accidents at hotels owned by large corporations.  Contact a South Carolina premises liability lawyer to find out more.

How Safe Are Vacation Rentals?

Most vacation rentals are safe.  People who rent out their houses to vacationers want to keep the place in good condition in order to get good reviews and attract more business.  Some dangers are inherent in vacation rentals that are not found in hotels, though.  While vacation rental owners might have their properties cleaned after each group of guests leaves, they don’t have a round-the-clock cleaning staff like hotels do, and they do not have a medical team on duty or lifeguards at the swimming pool.  Likewise, if you get locked out of a hotel room after a night of drinking, you can just go to the front desk and be escorted to safety.  Only at vacation rentals do people get hurt by drunkenly trying to climb a tree and jump onto a second-floor balcony because they forgot their keys.

Vacation Rentals and Premises Liability in South Carolina

Premises liability is the legal doctrine that enables customers who get injured because of unsafe conditions at a place of business to sue the business owner for failing to keep the premises safe.  The owners of vacation rental properties have the same duty of care to their guests that hotels have; this means that they have the same legal responsibility to become aware of dangerous conditions on the premises and to remedy them.

Customers have sued vacation rental property owners, as well as hotel companies, for injuries resulting from a wide variety of accidents, including the following:

  • Uneven floors, leading to trip and fall accidents
  • Poorly secured shelves that fall and cause injuries
  • Bed bugs on mattresses
  • Contaminated swimming pools

If you have been injured by these or other kinds of unsafe conditions, a lawyer can help you find the best way to recover compensation for your medical bills.

Let Us Help You Today

A Columbia premises liability lawyer can help you recover damages if you were injured in an accident at a vacation rental property where you were a paying guest.  Contact The Stanley Law Group for help today.


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