Airbnb announces plans to crack down on unauthorized Halloween parties in Houston

But instead of costume ideas, that includes party bans.

The popular vacation rental company has announced its plan to tackle unauthorized big parties over Halloween weekend by placing specific restrictions in Houston and the United States.

Airbnb will block one- and two-night bookings of entire homes, except for travelers who have already received positive reviews.

“As Halloween approaches, we will be rolling out stricter restrictions on two-night bookings which may pose an increased risk for the holidays,” the statement said.

“For example, we’ll take advantage of our technology that restricts some local and last-minute bookings by customers without a history of positive Airbnb reviews, and also block bookings within an expanded radius.”

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Travelers making one or two-night bookings will need to certify that they understand Airbnb’s holiday ban and that they may be subject to legal action if that rule is broken, the statement said.

The initiative aligns with the ongoing efforts of the company global holiday ban introduced in August 2020 to crack down on “party houses” and following the ongoing public health crisis.

Airbnb customers making one or two night reservations over Halloween weekend will need to certify that they understand the holiday ban and that they may be subject to legal action if this rule is violated.

Courtesy of Airbnb

This year marks its second holiday variation, which began with Halloween 2020 and saw incidents drop by more than 49% in the United States and Canada.

In Houston, Airbnb has dissuaded more than 500 people from booking entire homes for Halloween 2020, according to a statement.

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Last year, Airbnb put in place similar specific anti-party restrictions ahead of major vacations in the United States and Canada that are traditionally associated with party-type behavior, including New Years Eve and July 4th. .

“We also know that the vast majority of guests are respectful of neighbors and treat their hosts’ homes with the utmost respect,” the statement said.

“We believe this plan will help prevent large gatherings while supporting the type of safe and responsible travel that benefits guests, hosts and the neighborhoods they call home.”

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