Airbnb removes 65 Bay Area listings amid holiday crackdown

Clamping down on party homes, Airbnb said Monday it has suspended or removed 65 listings in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose that received complaints or violated the home rental service’s policy on parties and events.

The hosts were informed last week.

Airbnb has introduced a official ban on unauthorized parties in November 2019 after a filming at a Halloween party in an Airbnb rental in Orinda killed five non-Orinda residents.

The company allows host-sanctioned parties, but does not allow “invitation parties,” such as gatherings advertised on social media. Parties are also prohibited from registration in multi-family residences such as apartment buildings.

Along with the ban, Airbnb introduced a 24/7 Neighborhood Helpline which people can reach anytime to share concerns about a rental’s business, and the company is trying to raise awareness of the service ahead of the holidays.

“Everyone in the Bay Area has a role to play in reducing the number of large gatherings and parties, and that includes Airbnb,” regional policy manager Matt Middlebrook said in a statement Monday. “By sharing our actions today, we hope to spread awareness of our 24/7 Neighbor Helpline which helps strengthen enforcement of our global party ban.

To further prevent people from renting Airbnbs to host parties, the company this month issued a policy prohibiting guests without a history of positive reviews from making overnight reservations on New Year’s Eve in the United States.

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