Airbnb takes a more accommodating approach to communities

Airbnb announces earnings later Thursday. The short-term rental platform announced this week that it will extend what he calls a “ban” on house parties — basically, if you don’t have a good grade, you can’t book an entire house for just one night.

It’s the company’s latest effort to do good for the neighbors. And regulators.

Nearby keggers weren’t the big deal in Truckee, a small mountain town on the California side of Lake Tahoe. Instead, it was “things like weddings or receptions,” said David Polivymember of the Truckee City Council.

The pandemic — and all the Airbnb tourists it has produced — has helped accelerate new noise and waste regulations, according to Polivy.

“The extreme tourist pressures that cities like us have really seen have provided political cover for us to kind of do what we wanted to do anyway,” he said.

While in the past Airbnb might have fought these regulations in court, it has taken a softer approach in recent years.

“Their feelings towards the government have changed from confrontation to collaboration,” said Karen Xiewho researches short-term rentals at the University of Denver.

An example: Airbnb shares its data more with cities that may be looking to boost the local tourism industry.

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