Airbnb adds restrictions for Halloween weekend 2021 to limit parties

If you’re planning on booking an Airbnb this Halloween, you might want to check your history with the company.

Airbnb announced it was banning one-night bookings for entire homes in the United States over Halloween weekend to promote safety and prevent unauthorized parties over the holiday weekend. However, Airbnb said it would make exceptions for guests with a track record of positive reviews.

“This upcoming Halloween 2021 weekend will mark the one-year anniversary of our initial introduction of specific anti-party restrictions ahead of major holidays in the United States and Canada that are traditionally associated with party-type behavior,” says statement on Halloween restrictions.

The company says the measures have resulted in a 49% drop in incidents such as unauthorized parties in the United States and Canada.

“Specifically in Philadelphia, over 1,100 people were deterred by our various anti-party defenses from booking entire real estate listings during Halloween 2020,” Airbnb spokesperson Sam Randals said in an email.

This Halloween weekend, travelers without a history of positive Airbnb reviews will be prohibited from making one-night reservations at entire listings. Airbnb will also roll out strict restrictions on two-night bookings for last-minute bookings from people with no history of positive reviews.

earlier this summerthe company said any guest or host who violates Airbnb’s ban on house parties could be suspended or banned from the platform.

Last summer, the platform suspended or removed 35 listings in the state of New Jersey for violating the terms of the party ban. Last November, Airbnb removed or suspended dozens of listings in Philadelphia for hosting house parties, and about 65 listings received complaints or violations.

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