After staying one night in an Airbnb, my friend realised he left an item in the property (not expensive, cost of around €50).
I immediately contacted the Host over Airbnb messaging, she confirmed she had found the item and would post it out to me (I asked how much postage would cost and how to pay her). This was the last time I would hear back from the host.
Giving time for the busy postage period over Christmas, I tried to contact the host again around 20 days later but didn't get a reply. After another week, I contacted Airbnb support who said that the host had already responded that she would send the item out in the post.
After yet another couple of weeks waiting, I reached out to Airbnb again. This time, I spoke to someone who said they would try to reach out to the host. A couple of days had passed and they got back to me and said they were unable to reach the host and there was nothing they could do and that would be the end of it. Furthermore, they said I couldn't apply for a refund through their resolution centre as 60 days had passed since the trip.
I'm wondering from a legal perspective where responsibility lies (mostly as a thought exercise). My friend should have taken his property with him, but presumably the host can't just keep it, especially after reaching out to them?
As my contract was with Airbnb and the host works from them, is there any responsibility on their part, e.g. Could I hypothetically open a small claims case against them? Or would any small claims case be directly against the host themselves?
Looking for answers based in law or with real world examples. This is in Ireland / EU.