Party crackdown halted 6,000 ‘potentially risky’ reservations in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Airbnb said on Monday that its crackdown on unauthorized parties in the San Diego area has blocked thousands of potentially risky bookings.

The vacation rental booking company said that since its campaign began last year, 6,000 people have been blocked or redirected in potentially risky booking attempts. That is compared to 15,000 in Los Angeles and 4,500 in Las Vegas, according to Ben Breit, manager of trust and security communications for Airbnb.

“Probably a lot of them are great people who were trying to book for legitimate reasons but haven’t earned that trust on Airbnb yet,” Breit explained.

Breit said the attempt to prevent more unauthorized parties from happening has been working so far.

“We have gradually stepped up our measures to try to stop the unauthorized parts to the best of our ability,” Breit said. “Everyone deserves the right to have peace and quiet in their neighborhood.”

The new numbers were announced ahead of the July 4 bank holiday weekend, when bookings and gatherings are expected for many of San Diego’s tourism hotspots. Airbnb added that in preparation for the vacation, it prohibits guests who do not have a history of positive reviews from booking entire homes overnight across the country.

“Parties are rare, and the vast majority of guests in San Diego contribute positively and are respectful. However, when parties do take place we know it can be disruptive to hosts and neighbors, which is why we have continued. to invest in trust and security, ”the company said in a statement.

Last year, Airbnb began restricting local bookings from customers under the age of 25 without a history of positive reviews under certain circumstances, in an effort to curb unauthorized parties. This makes up most of the blocked or redirected reservation attempts in San Diego, according to Breit.

“I don’t have an Airbnb review and am trying to book a six bedroom mansion in a San Diego neighborhood, which doesn’t seem like a great idea,” Breit said giving an example of a booking. who to be blocked. “It’s not something we would let go of and therefore block.”

This policy is in addition to Airbnb’s current party ban, which is expected to continue at least through the summer. The holiday ban began during the pandemic in August 2020, at a time when COVID-19 cases were on the rise and public health restrictions limited large gatherings.

In the same month, Airbnb announced that it had suspended or removed 17 listings in San Diego for violating party policies or for receiving multiple complaints. These properties included residences in the San Diego, Escondido, La Mesa, Clairemont Mesa, Linda Vista, Mission Bay Park, North Park, Pacific Beach, Peninsula, Southeast San Diego and Uptown areas.

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