To stop the parties, Airbnb prohibits guests under 25 with less than 3 positive reviews from booking homes

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Airbnb will ban some young U.S. customers from booking homes in their area as part of an ongoing effort to crack down on unauthorized parties.

The San Francisco-based home-sharing company said U.S. guests under 25 with fewer than three positive Airbnb reviews won’t be allowed to book entire homes near where they live. Airbnb wouldn’t reveal how it defines “near”.

Those customers will still be allowed to book entire homes elsewhere, and they will be allowed to book hotel rooms or private rooms in homes, the company said.

Travelers under the age of 25 with at least three positive reviews on Airbnb and no negative reviews will not be subject to the restrictions.

Airbnb started redouble your efforts to ban “party houses” last November after five people were shot dead at an unauthorized party at an Airbnb rental in Orinda, California. At the time, Airbnb set up a rapid-response team to handle complaints from neighbors and began screening “high-risk” bookings, such as bookings at a large house for one night.

Earlier this year, Airbnb piloted its new policy for young travelers to Canada. The company said the policy resulted in a “significant drop” in unauthorized parties.

In a message to hosts, the company said reducing unauthorized parties is even more of a priority right now as states try to avoid coronavirus outbreaks.

“With public health mandates in place across the country, we are taking steps to support safe and responsible travel to the United States,” the company said.

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