Airbnb to block some Arizona Halloween stays to prevent big parties
PHOENIX – Online vacation rental company Airbnb is taking action to block certain Halloween weekends in Arizona to prevent unauthorized major holidays.
Airbnb will not allow overnight bookings over the bank holiday weekend for customers without a history of positive reviews, according to a press release.
Some local and last minute two-night bookings will also be blocked. All customers who book one or two nights over the Halloween weekend will need to accept a certification form stating that they understand Airbnb’s holiday ban.
Airbnb has adopted similar restrictions for Halloween in 2020, New Years Eve, and the July 4th bank holiday weekend.
According to the statement, unauthorized parties fell 49% on Halloween and 51% on New Year’s Eve.
“We also know that the vast majority of guests are respectful of neighbors and treat their hosts’ homes with the utmost respect,” Airbnb said in the statement.
“We believe this plan will help prevent large gatherings while supporting the type of safe and responsible travel that benefits customers, hosts and the neighborhoods they call home.”
Airbnb’s anti-party restrictions have been in place in the United States and Canada for almost a year.
Airbnb said it suspended or removed 50 listings in Arizona last year over complaints received about parties or other policy violations.
One such complaint arose when a teenager was injured after a shootout following a fight at a party at a Scottsdale vacation rental home in July 2020.
SB 1379, written by Senator JD Mesnard, would have given local towns the power to impose fines and other penalties on hosts who break the laws. The bill died in the House in April.
Short-term rentals remain a valuable tax asset for the state.
Airbnb said it generated around $ 87 million in taxes for the state of Arizona between 2017 and 2020.