Given the rarity of these events, it also presents a new opportunity for AirBnB to provide an insurance option for renters to help further compensate them for any damages. Such an service should be in addition to their standard response of replacing belongings and bringing culprits to justice, but it would provide an additional level of comfort to renters and further add value to their service.
While we can speculate that the rental industry will never be the same, we have to remember that painful events like this find themselves in our short term memory (though certainly not for the unfortunate victim). Provided we don't see an increase in such occurrences and a successful resolution to the current situation, AirBnB and the rental industry should continue to prosper. Sad as it is, AirBnB had to go through this problem to learn how to deal with, and prepare for it in the future.
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