Airbnb warns guests not to host parties in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA — Sometimes you have to fight for your right to party, but now is not the time, Airbnb has warned guests considering renting a party home in Los Angeles during the pandemic. The short-term rental giant has issued a stern warning against using its properties to hold gatherings that violate social distancing guidelines at Los Angeles-area properties.

As the state begins to ease shutdown orders and crazy families begin to plan their summer vacations, short-term rentals, which have been shut down in some Southern California cities, are expected to resume. Airbnb and other short-term rental companies are struggling to balance the safety of the communities they serve with the threat of the pandemic.

“May brings many moments worth celebrating for Angelenos – from high school and college graduations to Memorial Day weekend festivities,” he noted in a statement.

“Under typical circumstances, Airbnb allows our hosts to establish house rules about events and parties that are appropriate for their communities. However, these are very different times and public health must come first. To that end, we previously announced that we would not allow hosts to allow parties and events in areas where current public health mandates prohibit events and gatherings.”

While Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that the state is entering Stage 2 of reopening, bans on gatherings and social distancing mandates remain in effect, and so our new policy means we are not allowing any type of party in Los Angeles until further notice.

“We want to be very clear – not only will we ban guests who attempt to host an unauthorized party on an Airbnb listing in the Los Angeles area, we will cooperate with the LAPD and other law enforcement authorities. in any investigation relating to parties and violations of public health mandates, in accordance with our Terms of Service.”

The statement recalls that in January, Airbnb announced the removal of 28 listings at properties in the Hollywood Hills identified by the Los Angeles Police Department as “chronic party homes” that created substantial nuisance.

Additionally, he said, “We’ve reinforced this policy by temporarily disabling the ‘event-friendly’ search filter, which is typically used so guests can search for venues for responsible parties and gatherings. We continue to temporarily remove the “parties and events permitted rule” from the house rules of all listings in the Los Angeles area that previously permitted parties. »

City and Patch News Service member Paige Austin contributed to this report.

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