Airbnb warning in San Diego: No parties allowed this summer
As travel begins to rebound ahead of what will likely be a busy summer season, Airbnb is warning San Diego and other cities around the world that it will not tolerate the holidays in short-term rentals at least until the end of this year. this summer.
In an announcement it made Thursday, the online sharing platform said it was extending the global party ban it imposed last August at a time when the pandemic was spreading and COVID-19 infections were on the increase.
“At the time of the August 2020 policy change, COVID-19 cases were on the rise and vaccines were not yet approved. As we said then and still believe today, this indefinite ban was in the best public health interest, ”the company said in its announcement of the extension. “While public health concerns were paramount, other important factors motivated our implementation of the party ban. As our CEO Brian Chesky recently said of the holiday ban, “We want to be great community players all over the world. ”
News of the extended holiday ban comes just before the Memorial Day holiday, when locals and residents alike will gather for the long weekend. Airbnb said it decided to extend the ban after hearing people question whether it would stay in place.
Airbnb said that in addition to providing clarity to his community, he wanted to reinforce the message that “we will not tolerate behaviors that disrupt neighborhoods or violate the trust of our host community. At the end of summer 2021, we’ll be providing another update on the future of politics. “
In view of the upcoming holiday weekend, Airbnb said it also wanted to use the announcement to remind hosts and guests to follow local public health laws and guidelines related to COVID-19. San Diego County still operates under state rules for indoor gatherings, but these will mostly disappear once California fully reopens on June 15.
To help guard against guests considering booking rentals for parties, Airbnb has removed its “event-friendly” search filter and all “allowed parties and events” house rules from the listings. It also continues to maintain an occupancy ceiling of 16 people.
“Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, we want to make it clear that those who break Airbnb rules or San Diego public health rules risk suspensions or bans from our platform, and even legal action,” the company said.
Airbnb said it also continues to enforce an ongoing policy banning party houses, which it characterizes as those that have received complaints or violated Airbnb’s policies on parties and events. Last August, he announced that he had suspended or removed 17 San Diego County properties from his online platform. They were scattered throughout Escondido County and La Mesa to several neighborhoods in San Diego.
It’s unclear, however, how many more were removed from Airbnb’s website. A company spokesperson said he was unable to provide an update on the number of suspended listings on Thursday.
In San Diego, the city attorney’s office led its own crackdown on party houses and last year cited the owners of two houses – one in Bankers Hill and the other in La Jolla – for having organized big noisy parties. Since then, agreements have been made with the owners.
The city of San Diego only recently passed a set of regulations governing short-term rentals, an issue it has struggled with for years. However, they will not come into force until July of next year. The new law not only caps the number of whole house rentals that can operate in the city, but it puts in place a system to authorize them and enforce public nuisance laws.