Airbnb to ban certain reservations in the United States to limit house parties

Airbnb continues to crack down on “party homes” as it plans to bring part of this initiative to Orlando for New Year’s Eve.

The company said it will use enhanced defenses to prevent disruptive parties over New Years weekend. Some of those defenses include banning certain one-night bookings over New Years Eve for listings of entire homes in Orlando and across the country.

“People who have a history of negative reviews on our platform or who have no reviews at all don’t have that history, and it just hasn’t earned that trust yet,” the manager said. of Airbnb Trust and Communications, Ben Breit.

The ban will affect customers who have no positive account history or no previous bookings at all on the platform.

In August 2022, Airbnb introduced new anti-party tools in the United States to help identify potential high-risk bookings. The technology is designed to prevent a reservation attempt from going through.

“When we look at people affected by our policy, we look at neighbors, two neighbors care about neighbors, no one wants to be kept up all night by a disruptive unauthorized party,” Breit said. we don’t have parties. We’re talking about needles in a haystack here.”

In August 2020, Airbnb announced a temporary ban on all party and event listings globally to stop guests hosting unauthorized parties. Almost two years later, Airbnb solidified the ban, officially codifying it as part of its policy.

The company said that since the defenses were first tested in 2020, it estimates they have contributed to a global year-over-year decline in NYE party incident rates of approximately 56%.

In Orlando, more than 1,400 people were deterred by multiple anti-party defenses from booking entire house listings over New Year’s weekend in 2021.

In the past, the company has also applied anti-party restrictions for Halloween 2021blocking all one night bookings for whole house listings in the US and Canada.

Breit said the most experienced Airbnb hosts know what to look for, with many asking questions when someone books.

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