The DC Attorney General’s office settled allegations it made against a car sharing app. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
Owners of homes, pools, and cars have realized that they can rent out their possessions when they’re not using them, even though they know that the renters could cause damage. But the DC Attorney General’s office issued a consumer warning back in 2020 to car sharing app Getaround, saying the company hadn’t paid local sales tax and hadn’t been forthcoming about the increased risk of theft that car owners faced when they left keys in the car because the location of the car was visible to anyone searching the platform.
Getaround just settled the case for nine hundred fifty thousand dollars, but said it had already made changes to its security and said its settlement was not an admission of liability. It is, however, a good reminder to those who consider renting out their belongings that they should ask: what coverage does the platform provide in case of damage, and do I really want people touching my stuff?