Airbnb has blocked nearly 20,000 bookings in 7 US cities under its ban on “party houses”, nearly a quarter of which are in Phoenix

Airbnb has blocked 5,000 suspected house party bookings in Phoenix since it introduced its global party ban in summer 2020 Peter Cade via Getty Images

  • Airbnb has blocked 20,000 “suspicious bookings” in the past year, the Denver Post reported.

  • The rental platform announced a “global holiday ban” last summer to curb the spread of COVID-19.

  • It prohibits people under 25 from booking near their place of residence if they do not have a positive review history.

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Airbnb has blocked nearly 20,000 “suspicious bookings” in seven US cities in the past year as part of the crackdown on large gatherings, an executive told the Denver Post.

The figures come nearly a year after the rental platform announced its worldwide ban on “party houses.”

Ben Breit, Global Head of Trusted Communications, said Airbnb has blocked 5,000 bookings in the past year in Phoenix, 4,500 each in Las Vegas and Seattle, 2,600 each in Portland and Denver, 1,800 in Salt Lake City and 1,500 in Albuquerque, according to The Post. .

“If you’re under 25 and don’t have a history of positive reviews, we won’t allow you to reserve a full listing of homes near you,” Breit said. “The system is actually blocking that reservation. It is not allowing it to go through.”

It is not known how many bookings were blocked in other cities.

“What interests us most is trying to stop any kind of disruptive gathering. present, “Breit told the Post. .

The company said it has “high-risk detection systems” that analyze length of stay, property size and guest review history to identify “suspicious” bookings, in a press release of October.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said in a series of tweets in November 2019 that the company would ban “party houses” and crack down on unauthorized parties after five people died in a shooting in San Francisco.

Last year, Airbnb announced in a press release a global holiday ban and limited the number of guests in a single rental to 16, citing public health concerns over the spread of COVID-19 – the company has extended the ban until the end of summer 2021 in a May statement.

Airbnb first announced a ban for some young adults from booking rentals near their place of residence in a July 2020 press release, resulting in more than 770,000 bookings being blocked in the United States and in Canada, the company said in October last year.

The block does not apply to young adults booking smaller homes unlikely to be suitable for party guests, or rentals in areas far away, Breit told the Post.

The company applied similar rules to adults of all ages over the weekend of July 4 – those without a history of positive reviews could not book an overnight stay in entire homes. anywhere during the holidays, he said in a press release.

Airbnb did not immediately respond to Insider for comment.

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