Residents and Hosts Support Party Ban on Airbnb

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Airbnb is now threatening swift sanctions and even legal action against guests and hosts who organize or authorize parties.

The vacation rental giant has said it is banning parties and capping occupancy at 16. The company cited COVID restrictions as part of its justification.

“Some have chosen to adopt the behavior of bars and clubs in homes, sometimes rented through our platform,” Airbnb said in a statement. “We think such conduct is incredibly irresponsible – we don’t want this type of business, and anyone who engages or authorizes this behavior is not on our platform.”

In San Diego, home to at least 11,000 vacation rentals, residents and hosts alike have welcomed the move.

Andrew Kaperonis owns a house in Mission Beach sandwiched between two vacation rentals. Things went so badly with the unit located to the south that he sued the owner, which ultimately improved the situation with a minimum stay of seven days. However, it is still a vacation rental.

“You get a little bit of anxiety because you just don’t know who you’re going to have,” he said. “You’re still looking around and like ‘oh, who’s checking in today?'”

Kaperonis said the Airbnb party ban was a step in the right direction, but wondered how it would be enforceable. Airbnb says it maintains a 24 hour hotline and rapid response teams. People can also message the site.

The hosts also told ABC-10News they supported the move. Blaine Smith, owner of 710 Vacation Rentals, which manages 180 homes mostly in Mission Beach, said it was good for Airbnb to hold people accountable.

Smith says he checks reservations and will decline them if he feels there will be a problem, but not everyone has.

“I know a lot of these neighbors, I don’t try to disturb any of them, so if you are a single owner who doesn’t live in the neighborhood, I think that’s where a lot of problems come from. “, he added. he said.

Cy Pilkington, who operates four vacation rentals in La Jolla and Pacific Beach, said he’s happy Airbnb is taking a stand. He is responsible on site for three of the units and does not authorize parties.

“We want people to be able to come and enjoy a part of our life that they normally cannot have, when they live in inland or warmer communities or in rural communities who want to come and enjoy the beach,” he said. he declared.

The City of San Diego has not implemented any new vacation rental regulations. The city council passed a rules-making ordinance in 2018, but repealed it after an Airbnb-funded referendum.

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