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Airbnb makes it harder for people to throw destructive parties this New Years Eve.

Party-goers, party-goers, consider yourself forewarned.

Airbnb rental platform has new anti-party rules in place that will make it harder for people to rent homes in Cincinnati through its app to stick to New Year’s Eve.

Customers without a history of positive reviews on its platform will not be able to make overnight reservations for entire homes. Additionally, the company is reporting some two- and three-night rentals made by customers without a positive review record, including rentals made at the last minute.

“This ongoing crackdown has been welcomed by our guest community. Based on their feedback, we are announcing today that we will further strengthen this anti-party initiative and expand it to also include three night bookings.” , said Liz DeBold Fusco, of Public Policy & Communications at Airbnb, in an emailed statement. “We are communicating this initiative publicly to help support our hosts in Cincinnati and send a message to potential revelers that we will not tolerate this type of behavior on our platform.”

Those with a history of positive reviews will not be affected by the new guarantees.

Airbnb piloted a similar initiative on New Years Eve. They say they’ve blocked 243,000 guests around the world from booking New Years Eve events in 2020 and that “these efforts met our goals of reducing disruptive parties. “

In August 2020, the online accommodation market banned all parties and events on Airbnb listings – across the world – and capped the maximum occupancy for all rentals at 16. The rule was in part intended to help reduce the number of large gatherings that occur during the pandemic, the company said.

Also in August, Airbnb announced it would take legal action against a guest from Cincinnati. who booked a property and organized an unauthorized party that ended in gun violence. Then, in November, the company suspended or removed several listings in Cincinnati (23 listings), Cleveland and Columbus for violating the aforementioned house party policies.

The company has a 24/7 neighborhood assistance hotline, where you can call to share your concerns or complain.

A version of this story was first published by CityBeat. Current of San Antonio.

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