Airbnb takes on Halloween parties this weekend
PHOENIX – Airbnb reminds Arizona residents that the vacation rental company will be cracking down on Halloween parties this weekend.
One-night bookings of entire accommodations will be blocked for guests without a history of positive reviews. Many communities have complained that customers are getting rowdy in short-term rentals.
In August, the company announced anti-party restrictions for the Halloween weekend, with those restrictions taking effect on October 28.
The company estimates that their efforts have resulted in a more than 49% drop in unauthorized Halloween parties.
“The rate of maybe unauthorized parties – it’s just something we need to be vigilant about,” said Ben Breit, manager of trust and security communications at Airbnb. “We have put in place these escalating measures to try to stop as many unauthorized parties as possible.”
Even if people book for more than one night, that doesn’t mean they can get away with it.
“We’ve also stepped up action against people who don’t have that history of positive reviews, but also a bit more for some local bookings,” Breit said. “Some specific last minute bookings for this weekend, so we’re doing everything we can to try to stop as many parties as possible.”
For the past two years, Airbnb has banned party houses and all parties. Last year, a shootout occurred outside of a short-term rental in Scottsdale, just days after the company cut 50 party houses across Arizona.
A resident said any short-term rental issues in the neighborhood have been isolated.
“I think these are the right people here in your rentals, and if you can do it, it hasn’t been a problem here other than this isolated event,” they said.
Scottsdale Police say there are more than 1,000 short-term rentals registered with the city. Officer Aaron Bolin says guests should be considerate of others in the community.
“It’s easy to say that I don’t live here, I’m going to act a little more rowdy than usual because I’m going to be leaving,” Bolin said. “For people to live in these neighborhoods, it can be very painful for them.”
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