Airbnb to make global party ban permanent | Airbnb

Airbnb is making its ban on parties permanent at properties listed on the site for short-term rentals, the company announced Tuesday.

San Francisco-based Airbnb said it believed the ban had reduced violence, rule violations and health concerns, with reports of parties at listed properties dropping 44% from previous levels. one year ago. More than 6,600 guests were suspended last year for related violations, the company said.

Airbnb started to crack on parties in 2019 after several people were killed in a shooting during a Halloween party at a home in Orinda, a suburb in California’s Bay Area.

At that time, the company banned holiday advertising in Airbnb locations on social media, pledged to expand manual screening of “high-risk” bookings, and said it would remove guests who violated the guidelines. policies prohibiting parties at Airbnb rental properties.

In 2020, the company moved to temporarily ban hosting parties at its properties around the world in a bid to comply with gathering limits imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The number of parties at Airbnb locations has increased during the pandemic, Airbnb said, as people moved gatherings from bars and clubs to rented homes.

While making the ban permanent on Tuesday, Airbnb said it would lift a limit of 16 people at rented properties. He said the cap was prompted by health concerns before Covid-19 vaccines became available.

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