Airbnb suspends 70 homes in Arizona for violating party COVID-19 policies

Airbnb says listings have been suspended in cities including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Flagstaff, Sedona and Paradise Valley.

PHOENIX — Editor’s Note: The video above is from an August 2020 newscast.

Vacation rental company Airbnb announced Tuesday that it has suspended 70 listings across Arizona for violating the company’s policy on parties and events during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cities in which the homes were hung included Phoenix, Scottsdale, Flagstaff, Sedona and Paradise Valley.

In August, Airbnb announced a global ban on using vacation rentals listed on its platform for parties or events with an occupancy cap set at 16 people, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Airbnb said it may take legal action against those who violate the policy.

This has been a common occurrence across the country during the pandemic, with bars and restaurants closed or having limited occupancy, many have used Airbnb rentals as party homes.

This has been a problem in Arizona before. In July last year, Airbnb suspended 50 local listings for violating party and event policies.

“Protecting public health and reducing neighborhood disturbances are essential parts of responsible travel,” John Choi, director of public policy for Airbnb in Arizona, said in a statement.

“We are committed to advancing our efforts to crack down on irresponsible behavior and will continue to work with our guests, hosts and communities in Arizona to promote safe practices.”

The company has added several other “anti-party initiatives” to its policies, including placing restrictions on guests under the age of 25 not allowing them to book a one-night reservation on the same listing on weekends. next end.

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