Airbnb cracks down on parties with one-night booking ban for

Airbnb is tightening its rules for some renters in Canada and 10 other countries looking to party in the New Year.

The home rental company released a statement on Thursday saying it wanted to ‘stop unauthorized parties’ and ‘protect against neighborhood disruptions’ taking place on New Year’s Eve, with a ban on some users booking a night.

For December 31, renters who do not have positive reviews on their account history, or who have no history, will be prohibited from booking a one-night stay on whole house listings.

Airbnb also says it is “instituting tighter restrictions” for the same tenants trying to book two- and three-night reservations, with a focus on local booking attempts.

“Stays happen across the globe every night on Airbnb, with the overwhelming majority of guests and hosts being respectful of neighbors and providing benefits to their local community,” said Naba Banerjee, director of trust products and operations. from Airbnb, in the press release. “These proactive defenses will help promote responsible travel and prevent rare instances of unwanted behavior, and allow hosts, guests and communities to enjoy their holiday celebrations with added confidence.”

During the New Year weekend, stricter rules will be in place in 11 countries: Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands.

Some Airbnb users in countries like Canada, the US and the UK will not be able to book a one-night stay in a listing on New Year’s Eve. (Photo via Getty Images)

Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands will be added in 2022 after Airbnb said it conducted a successful trial of the rules in the other eight countries last year.

“We estimate that the measures have contributed to a global year-on-year decline in New Year’s Eve party incident rates of around 56%, since the defenses were first tested. times in 2020,” Airbnb wrote in its statement.

The platform added that in 2020, around 340,000 users worldwide were “blocked or redirected” after trying to book a rental on Airbnb on New Year’s Eve.

Company data shows around 120,000 of those guests were in the US, while more than 34,500 UK guests and around 13,000 Australian users were also affected.

In 2019, Airbnb began banning “party houses” following a filming on halloween which left five people dead during a rally of more than 100 people at a mansion in Orinda, California.

Later that year, the company prohibits all “open by invitation” partiesbut still allowed invitation-only parties at single-family homes at the time.

Airbnb has also temporarily banned all parties and events in 2020 in accordance with COVID-19 regulations.

However, the company made the rule permanent in June 2022 after he said the temporary ban had “proven to be effective”.

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