Our Lawyers Represent Airbnb Hosts

Leading Class Action & Arbitration Lawyer Attorney Enrico Schaefer is a complex litigation attorney representing Airbnb hosts, property managers, and investors.   Join other top Airbnb hosts in the fight for fairness, accountability, and transparency from Airbnb.

Traverse Legal’s Attorneys Are Representing Airbnb Hosts, Property Managers and Investors Across A Range of Issues.

We handle corporate formation, fund creation, property management agreements, employee contracts, and intellectual property protection for Airbnb hosts, property managers, and investors.

To learn more about the wide range of legal services we provide clients in the Short Term Rental (STR) business, click this link.

Our Airbnb lawyers also litigate cases against all major platforms, including Airbnb, VRBO, and booking.com.

To learn more about the arbitration process and our track record of ligating arbitration cases against Airbnb and VRBO, see the FAQ below and sidebar links.

What law firms are handling the Airbnb Class Action filed by hosts?

Traverse Legal is working with Co-Counsel at the Gibbs Law Firm in California. You can contact us here if you want more information about joining the class action or filing an arbitration claim against Airbnb.

Here is what all Airbnb Hosts need to know:

  • Our attorneys and co-counsel, the Gibbs Law Group, have prepared and filed a class action against Airbnb and Airbnb Payments in California.
  • We also file arbitration claims against Airbnb for hosts, co-hosts, property managers, and platform integrators.
  • Our lawyers can advise whether Airbnb breached the rental terms you selected for reservations.
  • Our attorneys can analyze your damages against Airbnb for unilaterally allowing cancellations and providing refunds.
  • Analyze whether you qualify to be part of a Class Action Against Airbnb, despite the Terms of Use which Purport to Preclude Class Actions.
  • We Represent Hosts and Super-Hosts on all Legal Issues related to Airbnb.
  • We represent hosts in the Airbnb properties and Luxury Retreat owners.

Do you want to know your options as a host who lost reservations due to Airbnb allowing cancellations without consulting hosts or following the extenuating circumstances policy that was in effect at the time of the traveler reservations? Read the FAQs below to stay up to speed.  And use this contact form to learn more about filing for arbitration or joining the class action against Airbnb.

This question has been percolating in the Airbnb host community since Airbnb decided to override the cancellation policy of hosts and force COVID-19 refunds and allow penalty-free cancellations. While the Terms of Service contain a ‘class action waiver’ clause, there are arguments that the class action waiver does not apply to these issues.  You can learn more about a class-action lawsuit being prepared against Airbnb at this Airbnb Class Action resource page.

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We are filing consumer arbitration claims with the American Arbitration Association on behalf of Airbnb hosts. Learn about your legal claims and rights in this video.

And then there are the Luxury Retreat hosts and property managers who are being asked to pay Airbnb money for cancellations allowed by Airbnb.  Because Luxury Retreat hosts are paid 100% up front for guest reservations, they have already received the payouts.  Airbnb allows those early payouts because Luxury Retreat reservations are ‘no refund’ reservations, even from Airbnb’s terms of service and refund policy. Of course, this did not stop Airbnb from ignoring their own policies, which do not include any extenuating circumstances, and refunding travelers anyway.   Now, Airbnb is demanding Luxury Retreat hosts to pay Airbnb the refunds airbnb unilaterally allowed in violation of their terms and policies.

Last Updated: 5/12/2020
These terms and conditions govern Guest refunds (“Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy”) solely for bookings on the Airbnb Platform that are managed by Luxury Retreats (“Luxe Bookings”) and supersede the terms of the Airbnb Guest Refund Policy. The Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy applies in addition to the Airbnb Luxe Guest Booking Agreement (“Airbnb Luxe Guest Booking Agreement”). The Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy is available to Guests who make and pay for a Luxe Booking on the Airbnb Platform and suffer a Travel Issue (as defined below). The Guest’s rights under this Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy will supersede the Host’s cancellation policy.
All capitalized terms shall have the meaning set forth in the Airbnb Terms, or Payment Terms unless otherwise defined in this Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy. When this Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy mentions “we,” “us,” or “our,” it refers to Airbnb and its affiliates providing booking and payment processing services for Luxe Bookings. When this Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy mentions “Host,” it refers to Host as defined in the Airbnb Luxe Guest Booking Agreement.
By making a Luxe Booking as a Guest, and offering an accommodation for Luxe Bookings as a Host, you are indicating that you have read and that you understand and agree to be bound by this Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy.
  1. 1. Travel Issue
    A “Travel Issue” means any one of the following:
    (a) A Host (i) cancels a booking shortly before the scheduled start of the booking, or (ii) fails to provide the Guest with the reasonable ability to access the Accommodation (e.g. does not provide the keys and/or a security code).
    (b) the Listing’s description or depiction of the Accommodation is materially inaccurate with respect to: the size of the Accommodation (e.g., number and size of the bedroom, bathroom, and/or kitchen or other rooms), special amenities or features represented in the Listing are not provided or do not function, such as decks, pools, hot tubs, bathrooms (toilet/shower/bathtub), kitchen (sink/stove/refrigerator or major other appliances), and electrical, heating or air condition systems, or the physical location of the Accommodation (proximity).
    (c) at the start of the Guest’s booking, the Accommodation: (i) is not generally clean and sanitary (ii) contains safety or health hazards that would be reasonably expected to adversely affect the Guest’s stay at the Accommodation in our judgment, (iii) does not contain clean bedding and bathroom towels available for the Guest’s use, or (iv) has vermin or contains pets not disclosed in the Listing.
  2. 2. The Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy
    If you are a Guest and suffer a Travel Issue, we agree, at our discretion, to either (i) reimburse you up to the amount paid by you through the Airbnb Platform (“Total Fees”) depending on the nature of the Travel Issue suffered, or (ii) use our reasonable efforts to find and book you another Accommodation for any unused nights left in your booking which is reasonably comparable to the Accommodation described in your original booking in terms of size, rooms, features and quality. All determinations of us with respect to the Airbnb Luxe Refund Policy, including without limitation the size of any refund and the comparability of alternate Accommodations, shall be in our discretion, and final and binding on the Guests and Hosts.
  3. 3. Conditions to Claim a Travel Issue
    To submit a valid claim for a Travel Issue and receive the benefits with respect to your booking, you are required to meet each of the following conditions:
    (a) you must bring the Travel Issue to the attention of a customer service representative (“Trip Designer”) and the on-site property manager, if applicable, in writing or via telephone and provide us with information (including photographs or other evidence) about the Accommodation and the circumstances of the Travel Issue within 24 hours after the later of (i) the start of your booking or (ii) you discover the existence of the Travel Issue, or within a reasonable time period (as determined by us in our sole discretion), and you must respond to any requests by us for additional information or cooperation on the Travel Issue;
    (b) we will not consider complaints filed after you have left the Property.
    (c) you must not have directly or indirectly caused the Travel Issue (through your action, omission or negligence); and
    (d) you must allow us to reasonably endeavor to remedy the Travel Issue.

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