Airbnb Background Check Lawsuits: Was Your Account Deactivated?
Last Updated on June 7, 2022
At A Glance
- This Alert Affects:
- Airbnb users who were denied rentals or had their accounts deactivated because of a criminal background check.
- What’s Going On?
- Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether the screening company Airbnb uses to run background checks is supplying inaccurate reports. To help with their investigation, they need to speak with Airbnb users who were denied rentals or had their accounts locked or disabled.
- What You Can Do
- If you were denied a place on Airbnb or had your account deactivated due to a criminal background check, fill out the form on this page and share your story with the attorneys investigating this claim. You may be able to help get a class action lawsuit started.
- How Could a Class Action Lawsuit Help?
- If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit could change the way background checks are processed and provided to Airbnb. Compensation could also be available for those who were denied rentals due to a criminal record.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org want to hear from Airbnb users who were denied rentals or had their accounts deactivated due to the findings of a criminal background check.
It’s being investigated whether the company supplying the reports is using faulty data and careless processes that have wrongfully caused some users to be denied rentals and banned from using their accounts.
If your Airbnb account was deactivated or you were denied a rental property because of a background check, fill out the form on this page and share your story. You may be able to help get a class action lawsuit started.
Why Does Airbnb Say I Have a Criminal Record?
It’s possible that the background check supplied to Airbnb included incomplete or inaccurate data that led the homestay rental giant to believe you have a criminal record.
For instance, attorneys are investigating whether the background check company is including duplicative entries on their reports, making it seem like an individual has committed the same crime over and over again.
They are also looking into claims that the company lists the current status or final outcome of some arrests and prosecutions as “unknown.”
If the company doesn’t update this status as needed, those who had their charges dropped or who were acquitted may appear “worse” to the rental agency and be wrongfully denied or blocked.
Failure to provide up-to-date information can also mean expunged records, which cannot legally show up on a background check, may still be getting reported.
Other general problems with background checks include:
- Mixing up a consumer’s information with that of a person who has a similar name or the same birthday
- Including arrests or dismissed charges that are seven-plus years old
Complaints from Airbnb Users Regarding Account Deactivation
The following is a sample of the complaints posted online from Airbnb users who say they had their accounts disabled and their trips wrongfully canceled because of a criminal record (sic throughout, emphasis ours):
Had my account deleted for similar reasons (expunged criminal record that was incorrectly reported); also had a London reservation that starts on July 6th cancelled, and another in the states that starts next week cancelled. I was able to get Airbnb's background check company to update their erroneous report, and now their report is showing my record as clean. But, obviously, the damage is already done.”
— anonposter000, reddit.com
Airbnb had a background check run on me and shut down my account with no recourse. I was arrested in 2012 when I was 18, more than 8 years before. I was trying to get into my own home but had left my key and my family was not home…We got the arrest EXPUNGED ENTIRELY, so it should not have appeared on any background checks, in mid-2017… Anyway, I am wondering if anyone else has had this issue…”
— kinglax, reddit.com
I am a guest with probably 30+ stays and a rating of 4.93 stars. I have never received a complaint or bad review…Last week I signed in to my account and booked an apartment for an upcoming work trip…Then about one minute later I got a text from Airbnb saying the trip was canceled and refunded, and I should check my email…The email informed me that my account was deactivated, due to 'Criminal Records Match' and that I’m now banned from the format…The thing is, outside of a DWI a couple years ago (a misdemeanor where I live), I have no criminal record of any kind…I have previously volunteered teaching job skills in prisons for over ten years and had multiple background checks to do so, without any problems. So idk what criminal record they are matching here…”
— Anonymous, Tumblr.com
How a Class Action Lawsuit Could Help
If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit could help Airbnb users who were locked out of their accounts recover compensation for the harm they’ve suffered. It could also force the company running the background checks to change the way it collects, processes and distributes information.
Were you denied by Airbnb? Was your account disabled?
If so, attorneys working with ClassAction.org want to hear from you. Fill out the form on this page and tell us what happened. You may be entitled to compensation.
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