Airbnb has revolutionized both the hotel and travel industry, providing tourists with unique, diverse, and convenient locales across the globe. However, as with any disruptive innovation, the platform has faced its fair share of controversies and legal challenges. Over the years, Airbnb has had to address questions of security, safety, and trust, as well as, fend off a number of contentious lawsuits. To help separate fact from fiction, we’ll take a look at some common myths surrounding Airbnb lawsuits, and examine the reality of notable lawsuits against the company.

1. Myth One: Airbnb Lawsuits in Florida Are Always Successful. 

When it comes to Airbnb lawsuits in Florida, the reality is that success is far from guaranteed. In fact, many of these cases involve complex legal issues such as property rights, tenant-landlord laws, and other related matters, which can be difficult to navigate. This is due to the fact that Airbnb situations often span multiple jurisdictions and involve a variety of different laws that are applicable in each state. Additionally, the outcome of a lawsuit can depend on the specific facts of each case and whether the parties involved can reach an agreement outside of court.

Though Airbnb does have insurance policies and programs in place that are designed to protect both hosts and guests against losses or injuries related to their booking experiences, it is important to note that without having competent legal counsel or being able to successfully arbitrate a dispute, a lawsuit may be unsuccessful. Furthermore, even if one party prevails in court, they may still have difficulty recovering damages due to procedural delays or other technicalities.

Case Example

In March 2022, the Florida Supreme Court issued a 6-1 decision in Airbnb Inc. v. Doe, that upheld an arbitration clause in the company's terms of service. This case arose when a couple from Texas rented a condominium unit in Florida through Airbnb and found that their stay had been recorded by hidden cameras. They subsequently filed a lawsuit against the owner of the unit and Airbnb. The court held that the incorporation of arbitration rules, which provided for binding arbitration in Airbnb’s terms of service, was valid and enforceable under Florida law.


This ruling is significant because it aligns with nearly every federal circuit in holding that a “clickwrap” agreement that incorporates arbitration provisions is valid and enforceable. It also demonstrates how courts are increasingly recognizing the validity of online agreements, such as those used by companies like Airbnb, Uber, and Lyft.

The decision serves as an important reminder to companies to ensure their terms of service are clear and unambiguous, so they can be enforced if necessary. Companies should also take the initiative to have provisions that assign the determination of arbitrability to an arbitrator, and not a court.

2. Myth Two: Airbnb Lawsuits in Florida Are Only Brought On By Guests Who’ve Had a Bad Experience.

While customer satisfaction is certainly an important factor, lawsuits can come from anywhere and anyone, so long as there is a case to be made. Some of the more common cases made against Airbnb are those regarding personal injury, and so are typically instigated by guests who have experienced some form of harm while staying at an Airbnb property. This could be due to a lack of safety measures or negligence on the part of the host or property owner.

However, many cases come from a mixture of property owners of breaches in contract, neighbors for disturbances and property damages, and even the state or local government challenging Airbnb's compliance with state regulations and laws.

Case Example

In 2014, the Palm Beach Tax Collector, Gannon, filed a lawsuit against Airbnb, HomeAway, and TripAdvisor, noting that they should be classified as “dealers” under Florida law as they are renting out accommodations and required to collect occupancy taxes on behalf of hosts. Five years after the filing, a judge ruled that the services were not dealers under Florida law and that they did not have to collect occupancy taxes. Gannon tried to appeal the decision, but the Supreme Court declined in favor of Airbnb, Tripadvisor, and HomeAway.


This case highlights the importance of understanding local laws and regulations when it comes to hosting on Airbnb. Hosts should be aware of their obligations to pay taxes and other fees, as failure to do so can result in hefty fines or legal action from the local government.

3. Myth Three: Airbnb Lawsuits in Florida Are Expensive & Time Consuming.

While Airbnb lawsuits may seem costly and time-consuming, the process is actually more streamlined than most people think. In fact, the vast majority of Airbnb-related disputes like property damage, guest safety, and payment disputes, in Florida are handled through a rather rapid arbitration process. This means that instead of going to court, the parties involved agree to voluntarily participate in an informal mediation and arbitration program with an experienced, independent mediator or arbitrator.

Arbitration can be a much faster and more cost-effective alternative to litigation, and typically does not involve lengthy legal proceedings or expensive lawyers' fees. This method is particularly beneficial for both hosts and guests, as it helps settle disputes quickly and keeps them from escalating into larger court battles. Additionally, if an agreement cannot be reached through arbitration, then either party may still choose to pursue a lawsuit in court.

What To Do If You Think You Have a Case Against Airbnb

If you find yourself in a position where you may have a case to bring against Airbnb, there are a number of steps involved in order to take legal action. To assist you with this, it’s important to consult with a lawyer that is well-versed in Vacation Property Laws and the surrounding regulations associated with Airbnb. One such lawyer is Frank Eidson, who has extensive experience in this area and can provide valuable advice on how to proceed. He can also help you understand your rights as an Airbnb host or guest and guide you through the process of filing a claim if necessary.


Frank M. Eidson P.A. has been tirelessly representing the rights of Central Florida victims since 1989.

$4.2 Million

Auto Accident

$2.3 Million

Workers Comp Case

$5.65 Million

Auto Accident

Free, No Obligation Case Review.

Fill out our contact form below for your free, no obligation case review.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Help provide wounded servicemen and women with therapeutic outdoor adventures. Like our Facebook page and we'll contribute $1 to Wounded Warriors Outdoors.

Contact Our Orlando Attorney

If you have been injured in an accident, turn to Frank M. Eidson P.A. Whether your case is a simple collision or a complicated auto wrongful death case, contact personal injury lawyer Frank Eidson today to schedule your free consultation.