Airbnb promises to deter rogue New Year’s Eve parties in Austin

With great fanfare, Airbnb announces it’s here to stop unauthorized rowdy parties on New Year’s Eve.

According to a statement, the short-term home rental company is placing restrictions on certain types of bookings during New Year’s Eve, to deter rentals from unsavory characters whose entire mission is to organize rogue events.

These restrictions include:

  • a ban on one-night bookings of whole-home listings for customers without a positive account history
  • a ban on one-night reservations of entire house listings for guests with no previous reservations

They are also placing tighter restrictions on customers attempting to book two- and three-night reservations, with a focus on local reservation attempts.

The restrictions will be in effect over New Years weekend not just in Austin, but in 11 countries, including the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands. They’re eradicating New Year’s debauchery worldwide!

These restrictions are in addition to other restriction previously instituted, such as focusing on people under 25 with no positive reviews trying to book space. Young people are trouble, everyone knows that.

The 2022 rollout follows a trial they implemented in eight countries on New Year’s Eve 2021, when approximately 340,000 guests worldwide were blocked or redirected from attempting to book on Airbnb through NYE, including over 120,000 guests in the US, over 34,500 guests in the UK, and nearly 13,000 guests in Australia.

Statistics from last year:

  • In Austin, they deterred over 1,350 people from booking entire house listings during NYE 2021
  • In Dallas, they deterred over 2,450 people from booking entire house listings during NYE 2021
  • In Houston, they deterred over 1,950 people from booking entire real estate listings during NYE 2021

They also have a 24/7 neighborhood helpline that can be reached at a team that can investigate complaints.

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