Airbnb reiterates no-party rule as vacation bookings restart

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Airbnb wants you to know they’re back.

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The company issued a press release describing the progress made in its attempts to arrest unauthorized parties at its Toronto properties.

According to a statement on Monday, the company says parties are rare and the majority of guests are respectful – but reiterates its global ban on so-called “party houses.”

Airbnb has stepped up efforts in Toronto after three men were gunned down in one of their short-term rentals in the city in February 2020.

This incident turned out to be one of many here involving Airbnb rentals and what have come to be known as ‘ghost hotels’.

Then, people who owned multiple units specifically to take advantage of the short-term rental industry were taken aback by COVID-19 and the shutdown of travel and tourism, at one point. trigger a glut of condos for sale in downtown Toronto – as well as a glut of furnished apartments in the long-term rental market.

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September 2020 saw a 215% increase in available condo listings in the 416 compared to September 2019, according to condos.ca.

In 2020, certain changes to Airbnb’s rules made it difficult, if not impossible, for any Canadian under the age of 25 to book a full listing (i.e. no host on-site) in its region – unless that guest already has a positive review with Airbnb.

The attempt to eliminate bad apples apparently works. The technology involved blocked or redirected the risky reservation attempts of nearly 14,000 people in Toronto.

Airbnb’s press release comes at a time when travel and tourism appear almost ready to restart after 15 months of closures and restrictions due to COVID-19.

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The accommodation sharing platform reports a 106% increase in summer home searches in Ontario in June, a sure sign that people are making vacation plans.

As announced in April, Airbnb is making special plans for what they’ve dubbed The Summer of Responsible Travel.

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The new system of rules put in place last year to limit house parties should hold up to prevent the disruptive July 4th holidays – with Independence Day now an informal date also seen in America as independence from the pandemic, despite official warnings to avoid group gatherings.

Airbnb is closely monitoring bookings for this weekend.

The company also maintains a 24/7 hotline – and is increasing its staff – so neighbors can report any loud parties at an Airbnb property and help Airbnb enforce their policies.

And, according to the press release, Airbnb will insist that hosts and guests in Ontario adhere to all Ontario public health rules, including masks, distancing and hygiene protocols, or risk suspension from the platform.

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