Airbnb uses other rental services, starting with Vrbo, to ban properties that receive repeated complaints from neighbors

  • Airbnb and Vrbo are teaming up in a new crackdown on party house announcements on their platforms.
  • Both companies will have access to information about banned party houses on either site.
  • News of the collaboration comes weeks after Airbnb extended its party ban until the end of summer.

Airbnb and Vrbo team up to crack down on party houses listed on their platforms, says Press release published Friday.

Known as the Community Integrity Program, the collaboration will allow vacation rental platforms to share information about listings that routinely serve as party houses. The goal is to prevent the forbidden party houses on one platform from just jumping onto the other.

With the help of a third party, companies will create a process to identify listings that repeatedly violate community policies and therefore were launched from either platform. Airbnb and Vrbo can then use their aggregated information on those announcements to “take appropriate action,” the press release said.

Companies are also calling on other short-term rental markets to join their efforts.

“Industry collaboration is an important step in reducing application gaps and prioritizing the safety of the communities in which we all operate,” the press release said. “Neighbors don’t care if a party house gets their reservations through a particular platform – they just want the parties to stop. That’s why a platform alone can’t solve this. problem – it requires an industry-wide effort. “

The program will be launched in the United States in the coming months, according to the press release.

Airbnb says it will release more details on the program soon.

Individually, each company has already taken steps to prevent parties from taking place in their locations. Vrbo allows neighbors to file complaints about “nuisance issues” through an initiative called Stay Neighborly.

Airbnb banned party houses in late 2019 after five people were killed in a shooting at a Halloween party at a rental in California. In August 2020, the company implemented a blanket ban on all parties and events in its rentals and set an occupancy limit of 16 people for all listings. Last month, Airbnb announced that this ban has been expanded until the end of summer.

Airbnb also has announcement that guests without a history of positive reviews will not be able to book homes in the United States for one night for the July 4th weekend.

Uber and Lyft also have collaborated on their own efforts to share information with each other. The companies said in March they would pool information on disabled drivers and delivery people for serious security incidents, including sexual assault and physical assault resulting in death.

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