Airbnb sues person who threw unauthorized home party in Sunnyvale where 2 were shot – CBS San Francisco
SUNNYVALE (CBS SF) – Airbnb announced on Tuesday that it is taking legal action against a booking guest who threw an unauthorized party at a house in Sunnyvale where two people were shot and one died.
“Someone should be held responsible,” said Daniel Erickson, who has lived in the neighborhood for decades. “I don’t like that sort of thing going on. No, no, it was very disturbing.
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The party took place on Saturday, August 7, and is said to have brought together 150 to 200 people, the San Francisco-based company said.
The house party, which was announced on social media, took place in what neighbors described as a short-term rental on Navarro Drive.
At 10:19 p.m., agents from the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety entered the residence and found approximately 150 to 200 teenagers at home. In a press release, authorities confirmed that agents were at the scene but were awaiting additional resources and were try to identify the owner at the time of the shooting.
18 years old Elias Elhania was shot dead and a second person was injured in the shooting, authorities said.
Both were taken to a hospital in San José, where Elhania succumbed to her injuries. The second victim has undergone surgery and is expected to survive, police said on August 8.
Airbnb said it informed the guest on Monday of its intention to take legal action, claiming the guest had violated community standards and the company’s terms of service and that the guest had booked the ad under false pretenses. The unidentified guest was also banned from the platform, the company said.
People renting property on Airbnb are prohibited from organizing parties and other events. The ban was announced a year ago and followed high-profile incidents of uncontrollable parties on Airbnb lists, including a shooting at an Airbnb mansion party that left five people dead on Halloween night in 2019.
Changes to his Orinda short-term rental ordinance after the shooting have been reviewed by Sunnyvale board member Mason Fong since the shooting in his town, including his one-day reservation ban.
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Fong lives in the neighborhood where the house party was held and called 911 when he saw suspicious behavior.
He said he had already set the council in motion to consider whether any changes needed to be made to his short-term rentals ordinance. The board is expected to discuss the matter at its September 14 meeting.
Fong said residents have expressed concerns since the deadly party at the house.
“(They said) ‘Hey, it’s not just once, there are probably more Airbnb rentals that are probably not compliant, so what do you city officials and city staff do , about it, ”Fong said. “This is a very valid question. The city is taking various measures.
He said Sunnyvale Police are also planning to hold a meeting with the neighbors to discuss their protocol for responding to calls.
The lawsuit against the Sunnyvale guest is similar to other actions taken against guests in other cities across the country who have held unauthorized parties, including in Sacramento.
“It sounds like a good idea, it seems like a policy they should have been doing for a while maybe,” said Doug Caldwell, who lives near the Airbnb home.
Airbnb also announced on Tuesday that it would ban overnight bookings on Halloween for guests without a history of positive reviews and also enforce certain restrictions on two-night bookings of entire homes in the United States and Canada.
Maria Medina contributed to this report.
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