Airbnb cracks down on rowdy tenants with new ‘anti-party’ screening tools

If you were thinking of showing up at an Airbnb, think again.

The vacation rental company is doubling down on its party ban using new screening tools.

On Tuesday, Airbnb announced it would introduce “anti-party technology” in Canada and the United States “to help identify potentially high-risk bookings.”

“It’s part of our commitment to our host community — who respect their neighbors and don’t want to participate in property damage and other issues that may arise with unauthorized or disruptive parties,” Airbnb said in a press release.

The technology can block a reservation attempt if it deems the customer to be at high risk of initiating an unauthorized hater.

How does he do this?

According to Airbnb, the selection system looks at factors such as positive review history (or lack thereof), length of time the guest has been on Airbnb, length of trip, distance to Announcement, Weekend vs. Weekday, and Continuation.

Guests who are unable to make whole house reservations due to the system will still be able to book a private room (where the host is more likely to be physically on site) or a hotel room through Airbnb.

“The primary goal is to attempt to reduce the ability of bad actors to host unauthorized parties that negatively impact our guests, neighbors and the communities we serve,” the statement read.

A pilot of the system has been running in Australia since October 2021, where Airbnb saw a 35% drop in unauthorized parties.

The company ends the pilot phase and codifies the technology nationwide. He hopes to do the same in Canada and the United States.

It comes after Airbnb codified a temporary ban on the holidays in June.

The company says the screening technology is a more robust version of the “under 25” system in place in North America since 2020.

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