Airbnb has banned 2,600 reservations in Denver over house party concerns

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The online rental company is tightening restrictions on house party bookings in its system.

Airbnb is cracking down on house party bookings. In recently released data, the company reported that it had banned 2,600 reservations in Denver that it suspected were house parties. The company believes it may have also prevented a big house party during Star week.

Airbnb has specific criteria for renters, and those looking to book locally are subject to further scrutiny. If you’re under 25, renting near you, and don’t have positive reviews or prior booking experience on Airbnb, you won’t be able to rent that local location. The ban only affected the Denver metro and not the surrounding suburbs.

It sounds tough, but it’s an important step Airbnb is taking to ensure there aren’t any unauthorized house parties that the host wouldn’t be aware of. Airbnb acknowledges that many of the 2,600 Denver residents who were banned from reservations last year may not have planned to throw a party.

Anyone under the age of 25 who lives in Denver and is looking to rent in Denver will be advised of Airbnb’s guidelines. The site will then guide them to the locations they can reserve. There is also good news. If you’re under 25 and want to book outside of Denver, Airbnb will let your booking go through.

The company did not always have guidelines in place to crack down on parties. The ban was announced in August 2020, primarily for COVID-19 security. The company plans to keep the ban in place until the end of the summer and to reassess its guidelines.

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