Airbnb is giving NJ hosts a new way to spot unauthorized parties
Airbnb Inc. partners with Swedish real estate technology company Minut to provide New Jersey hosts with free noise detection devices to prevent disruptive parties in their rental units.
As part of the collaboration, hosts will also receive three months of free subscription to noise and occupancy monitoring services, the vacation rental platform said in A press release.
The devices – which look like smoke detectors – can identify the volume of decibels, as well as the size of the crowd. They are also privacy safe and do not record sound or conversation. However, hosts are required to disclose the presence of the devices on their listing page prior to bookings and cannot place them in bedrooms or sleeping areas, Airbnb noted.
Additionally, noise alerts have been integrated into Airbnb’s messaging tool, with the goal of helping hosts and guests troubleshoot potential noise issues.
During recent pilot of Minut sensors in PragueAirbnb said it found “one callback may be all it takes to get a potential noise issue resolved quickly, with hosts and guests able to resolve 100% of noise alerts between them within 20 minutes following detection”.
Catherine Powell, Global Head of Lodging at Airbnb, said: “Stays happen every night on Airbnb around the world, with the vast majority respecting hosts’ homes and neighborhoods and sharing the benefits of tourism with communities. This collaboration with Minut continues our commitment to encourage safe and responsible travel on Airbnb, and empowers our host community to prevent unauthorized parties.
Nils Mattisson, CEO and Co-Founder of Minut, said, “Our mission is to help Hosts take care of their homes, their guests and their communities, and our partnership with Airbnb plays an important role in that mission. . We’re excited to expand it with our new offering and integration, which makes noise monitoring more accessible and effective for hosts around the world.
Airbnb said the partnership with Minut is the latest in a series of steps “to promote responsible behavior and enforce our anti-party stance,” which includes codifying a global ban on parties, expanding a 24-hour security line/neighborhood support line and advice for hosts to avoid gatherings at their properties.
Ahead of Halloween, Airbnb said it would once again ban guests without a history of positive reviews from renting an entire home for a day.
In New Jersey, nearly 1,600 people were banned from booking entire property listings over Halloween 2021 thanks to the company’s “various anti-party defenses,” Airbnb said.
Since the company introduced its 2020 party ban, Airbnb said it has tracked a 68% year-over-year reduction in party reporting in New Jersey and 44% across its entire global properties.
According to a company spokeswoman, Minut devices will be available in more than 60 countries, including US hosts. can click here to take advantage of the offer.