Every party has a poo – Airbnb cracks down on ‘unauthorized’ holiday parties

Airbnb wants to stop the party.

the home sharing platform announced it was cracking down on people hosting “unauthorized parties” during Memorial Day and this year’s July 4 holiday in the United States.

The website targets customers who don’t have a history of good reviews from past stays and limits what they can book online during the two summer holidays.

“Guests without a history of positive reviews on Airbnb will be prohibited from making one-night reservations at entire listings,” the company said in a press release. “As July 4 approaches, we will be rolling out tighter restrictions on some attempted two-night bookings. For example, we will leverage and amplify our technology that restricts certain local or last-minute bookings by travelers with no history of positive Airbnb reviews. … Guests who have a history of positive reviews on Airbnb will not be subject to these restrictions.

Guests who wish to make reservations in the same communities where they live will also be required to “affirmatively certify that they understand that Airbnb prohibits parties and if they violate this rule, they may be subject to legal action by company,” the press release added. .

The company acknowledged that its anti-party measures could potentially drive away some well-meaning customers.

“We also understand that simply not having a review yet does not mean a guest is trying to host a party – it’s a compromise we’re willing to make in the interest of trust and goodwill. safety,” the company said.

This isn’t the first time Airbnb has proactively tried to block customers from booking residences for a party.

Airbnb did something similar for the holidays past Halloween and New Years in 2020 and the 4th of July weekend in 2021.

“The weekend of July 4, 2021 was quiet and we saw a substantial decrease in reports of disruptive and unauthorized parties. Overall, over 126,000 guests with no history of positive reviews were impacted by this anti-party system over the weekend of July 4, 2021,” the company said in a press release.

That included more than 1,300 people barred from booking entire homes in Miami over the July 4 holiday last year, the spokesperson said. thorn haven.

“We do not take these measures lightly. Memorial Day and July 4 are meaningful weekends that allow our hosts to facilitate all kinds of responsible travelers, including families,” the company said.

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