Airbnb strengthens ‘anti-parties’ rules for rentals in the run-up to New Year’s Eve

Airbnb announced Monday that it is tightening its political restrictions on New Year’s parties, adding “anti-party” restrictions to some three-night rentals for guests without a history of positive reviews on the platform.

In the United States, Canada, Brazil, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia and New Zealand, customers without a history of positive reviews on the Airbnb platform cannot make reservations. one night, two nights and now three nights for an entire house that “may present increased risks to unauthorized parties.” Airbnb said it will focus on local bookings.

Customers of the platform who have a history of positive reviews from Airbnb hosts will not be subject to the restrictions, the company said.

Airbnb banned “party houses” in 2019 following a fatal shooting at a large Halloween party at a rental in California. Five people died in the shooting and local media said there were more than 100 people in the house at the time. In August 2020, the company said it was adding restrictions to meet local health departments’ social distancing requirements for large in-person gatherings, imposing an occupancy cap of 16 people. Hosts or guests on Airbnb who attempt to evade the rules could face a ban from the platform or even possible legal action.

At the start of the pandemic, Airbnb put guidelines in place for hosts and guests, and its mitigating circumstances policy could be enforced if a guest or host becomes infected. He updated these rules as pandemic conditions warranted it and added filters to allow customers to find listings with flexible cancellation policies. Although the company has not implemented any new policies amid the rapid spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19, spokesman Ben Breit confirmed to The edge that the guidelines from the start of the pandemic would still apply.

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