Airbnb bans New Year’s Eve parties from Toronto listings and here’s how it will check

Airbnb is continuing its new practice of cracking down on large house parties in its listings by limiting certain bookings during the holidays, which it most recently did on Halloween and on new year’s eve 2021.

The short-term rental giant has just announced that it is once again banning customers from renting properties to hold NYE festivities, which is part of its worldwide party ban and includes a cap of 16 people in a house at any one time, as well as a moratorium on any loud or disruptive events.

“Certain holidays, like New Year’s, attract higher risks of unauthorized or disruptive parties. That’s why we’re introducing new products and policies to crack down on disruptive NYE parties, helping to protect our guests and minimize neighborhood disturbances,” the company said. explained in an exit tuesday.

He then detailed how he will control bookings, from now on, in Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Brazil.

First of all, guests without a history of positive reviews will not be able to make a one-night, whole-house reservation, as these types of reservations can often mean that someone is just looking for a party room rather than a venue. of actual stay. a travel.

There will also be new rules for two-night bookings, with the brand saying it will “roll out tighter restrictions on two-night bookings which may pose an increased risk for disruptive parties”.

This will include using technology to detect last minute bookings and/or those made by people who live in the area.

According to the release, nearly 250,000 guests met last year’s “defenses” against NYE shindigs, which apparently means many party plans were thwarted before they could begin.

In the past, gatherings in short-term rentals in TO have led to shootings, stabbingand other dangerous behaviors, including people throw glass bottles from the balconies of high-rise condos downtown.

Some buildings are known for their ghost hotels, many of which continued to operate outside of Airbnb’s pandemic rules.

The company also last year moved to restrict rentals to people over 25 in Canada after repeated incidents of violence.

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