It’s NOT party time at Airbnb rentals – ‘strict anti-party measures’ are in effect

By Sara Ashley O’Brien, CNN Business

Airbnb is once again trying to stop people from using its platform to host unauthorized parties ahead of key summer holidays.

The company said on Wednesday that it would institute “strict anti-party measures” for the first time for Memorial Day weekend and would reapply the same approach for July 4 weekend – which it did last year and declared effective.

The additional measures, which will apply to reservations in the United States for users without a history of positive reviews, will prohibit users from book a house for just one night. The company will also limit certain bookings to two nights, such as those made locally or last minute.

Airbnb also said it will add something called “anti-party certifications,” which will require guests booking local reservations to confirm they understand its party rules and could otherwise face legal action.

The news comes as Airbnb’s business bounced back after being decimated in the early months of the pandemic. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky told analysts on his first-quarter earnings call on Tuesday that he was already seeing “strong demand for summer bookings and beyond.” However, Airbnb continues to struggle to prevent people from using its platform to book properties and host unauthorized parties – some of which have gotten seriously out of control and made headlines over the years.

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Last month, two teenagers were killed and several others injured in a big party hosted at a property rented by Airbnb in Pittsburgh – many guests were underage. Airbnb, which said it banned the person who booked the property, told CNN at the time that parties were not allowed, per its rental agreements, and that the event was “held at the ‘without the knowledge or consent of the host’.

In 2019 Chesky announcement a ban on “party houses” after five people were shot during a Halloween party at an Airbnb rental home in Orinda, California. At the time, he said the company was “increasing its efforts to crack down on unauthorized parties and get rid of abusive host and guest behavior.” Airbnb also launched a 24/7 support hotline to help enforce the ban and began restricting users. under 25 to book real estate listings in their area if they did not have a history of positive reviews.

In August 2020, Airbnb announced a global ban on parties and events on Airbnb listings amid the public health crisis, limiting gatherings to a maximum capacity of 16 people.

In its latest announcement, Airbnb touted the effectiveness of its anti-party measures in weeding out questionable bookings around Independence Day weekend last year. He said more than 126,000 customers with no history of positive reviews were unable to book certain reservations during the July 4 weekend last year.

“The weekend of July 4, 2021 was quiet and we saw a substantial decrease in reports of disruptive and unauthorized parties,” the company said.

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