Airbnb applies restrictions on overnight stays to limit Halloween parties

Airbnb applies restrictions on overnight stays to limit Halloween parties

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Last updated August 17, 2021, 1:02 p.m. EDT

FILE – This file photo from February 22, 2018 shows an Airbnb logo at an event in San Francisco. Airbnb was losing money even before the pandemic hit and slashing revenue by nearly a third, the roommate company revealed in documents filed on Monday, November 16, 2020, ahead of a first public offering of its shares. (AP Photo / Eric Risberg, file)

TORONTO – Airbnb has announced that it will ban people without a history of good reviews from renting entire homes in Canada for a single night this Halloween weekend.

The home rental platform says the policy is aimed at preventing people from using Airbnbs to throw unauthorized and important parties.

The company says customers who have a history of positive Airbnb reviews will not be subject to the restriction on overnight bookings.

Airbnb will also block some people from making local and last-minute bookings for two-night stays if they don’t have a history of positive reviews.

The company had a similar policy last year in Canada and the United States and says that in Toronto alone, more than 1,300 people were dissuaded from booking entire homes during Halloween.

Airbnb has come under criticism in recent years after many homes rented on its platform were used for authorized parties that generated complaints, turned violent or rowdy, and in a few cases even resulted in complaints. death.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 17, 2021.

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