Airbnb suspends 21 ads in Triangle in crackdown on “party house”

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – In an effort to crack down on “party houses” across the Research Triangle, Airbnb said it has suspended 21 listings in the region.

Airbnb said on Wednesday it had received complaints or discovered that the ads violated the site’s policies on parties and events.

Four were in Raleigh, eight in Durham and nine in Chapel Hill.

“We all need to do our part to keep people safe because lives are at stake and I think we understand the issues here,” said Ben Breit, manager of trust and security communications for Airbnb.

Airbnb said this follows the 2019 policy change that banned parties on Airbnb lists around the world until further notice.

“I think we’ve seen, I’m sure you’ve mentioned it, the role that home parties can play in creating a dangerous environment right now and in the potential spread of this virus,” Breit said.

Airbnb predicts there will be more party house sweeps.

“Public health comes first,” said Breit.

The company will look at a user’s review history to decide if they can rent an entire house for a single night on New Years Eve.

Currently, anyone under the age of 25 cannot book an entire house in the city they live in either.

“We have gradually stepped up our approach here,” said Breit.

He said the vast majority of their users don’t create problems, but want to eliminate those who do.

Airbnb said they haven’t had to involve police or legal action in our area so far, but they will if necessary.

They ask hosts to follow local COVID-19 regulations, including travel and accommodation restrictions in their area.

Out of respect for the privacy of hosts and owners, Airbnb said it couldn’t provide addresses for suspended listings.

More information can be found here.

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