Airbnb issues ‘anti-party’ warning to Chicagoans – NBC Chicago
Airbnb is issuing an anti-party warning to Chicagoans, days before Memorial Day weekend.
After summer unrest with parties during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the platform is extending its party ban until the end of summer 2021.
Violators could be suspended from the app or even banned. AirBnB also said disruptive users could be subject to legal action, if necessary.
The platform implemented the holiday ban in August 2020, as well as the removal of the “Event Friendly” search filter.
Spokesman Ben Breit said a 24/7 neighbor hotline has been set up to report disruptive users.
“If you’re under 25 and don’t have a history of positive Airbnb reviews, we won’t allow you to reserve a full listing of accommodations near you,” Briet said. “We want this to be very clear, it’s just not something we’re going to tolerate.”
Over the years, NBC 5 has reported on a number of disruptive house parties held at Airbnb rentals. Some have even resulted in shootings.
Lynne Perryman from Bronzeville told us she believed her mother contracted COVID-19 from several large parties held in the building she was renting from an Airbnb host in April 2020.
“We were very upset, very inconvenienced,” said Perryman. “I am very happy with these new guidelines that they are putting in place.”
Airbnb will reassess the holiday ban at the end of the summer to determine if it will be extended again.