Airbnb removes more than 50 Los Angeles listings from its platform

United States: Airbnb has confirmed that it has suspended or removed more than 50 Los Angeles County-based real estate listings from its platform with immediate effect, a week after banning parties at its properties and limiting which guests can occupy one to 16 people.

The affected properties have been sanctioned for violating the recently introduced global ban on house parties.

Without explicitly indicating the addresses of the advertisements, the properties would be located in the city of Los Angeles itself, as well as in Burbank, Calabasas, Compton, Glendora, Hacienda Heights, La Canada Flintridge, Long Beach, Malibu, Marina del Rey, Pasadena, West Hollywood and Whittier.

In a statement, Airbnb said, “In many large jurisdictions, public health mandates on gatherings have changed – and in some places have oscillated in response to changing rates of Covid cases – as have regulations on bars, clubs and pubs. Some have chosen to adopt bar and club behaviors at home, sometimes rented through our platform.

“We think such conduct is incredibly irresponsible – we don’t want this type of business, and anyone who engages or authorizes this behavior is not on our platform.

“The vast majority of Los Angeles County hosts make a positive contribution to their neighborhood and their economy, and they also take important steps to prevent unauthorized parties, such as establishing clear house rules, quiet hours, and communicating with others. advance with their guests. Our actions today are aimed at the small minority of hosts who have already received warnings about responsibly hosting or who have otherwise violated our policies, ”he added.

The delisting of these properties is part of Airbnb’s drive to promote a positive brand image with potential investors, after filing its long-awaited initial public offering. [IPO] Last week.

In addition to pledging to eliminate discrimination from its platform, it has sought to improve its relationships with governments and authorities in individual but key market towns and to eliminate guests who host unauthorized parties in locations. properties listed. Attention to the phenomenon was heightened after a fatal shooting on an Airbnb listing in Orinda, near San Francisco, last year.

It’s not just Airbnb that wants to be seen as uncompromising with parties, either.

This week, the LA County Public Health Department also issued a legally binding ban on the holidays, while Mayor Eric Garcetti threatened to cut water and electricity services to homes that continue to host large gatherings and disrupting local communities, as was the case when a Hollywood Hills property was occupied by influencers on the Chinese video-sharing social network site TikTok.

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