Airbnb Host Isn't Liable For Slaying, Mass. Justices Say

Law360 (June 7, 2021, 6:01 PM EDT) -- The owner of an Airbnb rental mansion isn't responsible for protecting people on the property from being harmed by others and can't be sued for the shooting death of a man at a raucous house party there, Massachusetts' top court said Monday.

The unanimous ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rejected arguments by the estate of Keivan Heath that the owner of the Lynnfield mansion where he was killed, Alexander Styller, had the same type of legal duty to party attendees as restaurant or bar owners have to patrons.

Writing for the court, Chief Justice Kimberly S. Budd noted that Styller "had no control...

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