Airbnb cracks down on summer bookings with anti-party rules

ALBANY, NY (WTENOT) – Airbnb is cracking down on summer parties and implementing stricter anti-party measures over Memorial Day weekend and July 4th.

If you do not have positive reviews on the home rental website, you will not be able to reserve a full listing of homes for one night bookings on either holiday weekend.

For the 4th of July weekend, Airbnb will become even stricter, making it harder for guests without a history of positive reviews to book two-night stays.

Anti-party certificates will also be presented to customers trying to make local reservations, in which they must certify that they will not be hosting a party against company rules. If they violate this rule, users will also acknowledge that they could face legal consequences.

Airbnb said it used this same policy last year over the July 4 weekend, which impacted 126,000 booking attempts. β€œIt worked. The weekend of July 4, 2021 was quiet and we saw a substantial decrease in reports of disruptive and unauthorized parties,” the company said.

This year, the company is expanding the restrictions to include Memorial Day.

The company makes exceptions to these booking bans for those with a history of positive reviews. (After any Airbnb stay, you have the opportunity to rate your host, and the host has the opportunity to rate you as a guest.) People with a history of positive reviews should still be able to book accommodations. one or two nights. , as long as the owner allows it.

“We also understand that simply not having a review yet does not mean a guest is trying to host a party – it’s a compromise we’re willing to make in the interest of trust and goodwill. safety,” the company said in a statement announcing the anti-party policy.

Airbnb has long faced criticism of large parties, some of which have turned violent, at properties listed by its hosts. Last month, eleven people were shot at a party in Pittsburgh hosted in an Airbnb rental property.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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