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Making Sense of Airbnb’s Binding Arbitration Terms

On May 19, 2016, Airbnb demanded all of its U.S. users to agree to its new Airbnb Terms of Service.

If you click “I disagree” instead of “I agree,” you can no longer have access to Airbnb.

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So, if you want to use the tool that disrupted the hotel industry, be aware of some significant changes to your rights and protections.

1. No More Airbnb Host Protection Insurance

Airbnb no longer offers its Airbnb Host Protection Insurance Plan of $1 million in coverage.

Whether you are a host or a guest, you now need your own insurance if you want to be insured against damage claims.  Scope of coverage will be subject to your home or renter’s insurer’s policy and exclusions.

2. No Access To Courts, Only Binding Arbitration

If you have a dispute with Airbnb, you must use arbitration with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) to try to resolve your claim.

AAA for arbitration is becoming somewhat like what AAA (American Automobile Association) roadside service is for cars, but for businesses.  It is a form of insurance against a headache – here, rather than avoiding being left stranded with a flat tire, it is avoiding going to court or defending against class action lawsuits.

Arbitration is an expedited dispute resolution procedure where a neutral appointed lawyer or retired judge review submitted evidence and make a binding decision that will be court-enforced.

AAA for arbitration was initially a place for business to business disputes, but over the past decade, businesses are starting to demands consumers use the process, as well.

If you, as the host or guest, have a claim against Airbnb, you will have to send in a notice of demand for arbitration to Airbnb and AAA.  There is a $200 filing fee, which Airbnb says it will cover in certain circumstances.

Arbitration is intended to be a simple, quick and hopefully fair alternative to the court procedure.  Here is how Airbnb approaches AAA arbitration:

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