Airbnb has removed dozens of real estate listings in Arizona over party house accusations amid coronavirus pandemic
PHOENIX – Officials at vacation rental company Airbnb are cracking down on the Arizona holidays by suspending or removing a number of listings following complaints that these properties have been used as party homes.
“Now is not the time to party, host or allow parties,” said Ben Breit, manager of trust and security communications for Airbnb.
Airbnb officials have already suspended or removed 50 listings across Arizona. The properties are located, among others, in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona and Tempe.
“They technically ban parties, the problems persist and it happens week after week, and the hosts are not vigilant enough to stop them and do the right thing for their neighbors,” Breit said.
Airbnb announced the new plan in 2019, but with the COVID-19 pandemic underway, they want to make sure it’s taken seriously.
“COVID or no COVID, if a house becomes a chronic problem, and the parties go on week after week and it becomes a problem, it’s not OK, but it takes on extra importance in this environment,” said said Breit.
To crack down further, company officials are issuing new restrictions, according to which guests under the age of 25 cannot reserve a full list of homes in their area. In addition, they ask neighbors to call their neighborhood support hotline to complain.
“There is no doubt,” said Breit. cracking down on large gatherings is more important than ever
Airbnb officials have said they will ban hosts from allowing parties in Arizona, as long as the state’s public health mandate banning large gatherings remains in place.
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