Airbnb suppresses New Year’s parties with new restrictions | Arizona News

PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – Arizonans hoping to celebrate the New Year at an Airbnb party will have to go through extra hoops. The short-term rental company announced new restrictions to limit uncontrollable parties, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Customers without a history of positive Airbnb reviews will not be allowed to make an overnight reservation for a home on New Years Eve in Arizona or any other location in the United States. Airbnb is also adding additional restrictions on one and two-night bookings which “may present an increased risk for the holidays,” the company said in a statement.

If there is already a reservation in place, Airbnb will honor it. The company said rentals for unauthorized parties are usually not made very far in advance.

Airbnb issued similar restrictions during the Halloween weekend when overnight bookings were banned. Airbnb said it was successful and resulted in the suspension or removal of 50 listings in Arizona due to complaints or a violation of holiday rules.

Airbnb warns of Arizona house parties for Halloween weekend

The moves come as Phoenix-area neighborhoods have seen an increase in the number of parties in short-term rentals. A large party was interrupted at a house in Paradise Valley in September, where two men were arrested and citations were issued to tenants. Critics say there is a lack of regulation because state law says counties, towns and villages cannot pass their own rules on short-term rentals.

Full details of restrictions can be found here.

At least four friends helped find $ 3,500 to rent a property for the weekend of September 19th.

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