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Airbnb Launches “Anti-Party Crackdown” in the US

Airbnb Launches “Anti-Party Crackdown” in the US.
Airbnb takes action to prevent parties and launches an anti-party crackdown in the US to enhance safety and discourage disruptions. Credit: Open Grid Scheduler / Scalable Grid Engine / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

Airbnb is taking action to prevent parties during the summer season, and vacationers should take note. In a recent blog post released on Wednesday, May 24, the popular short-term rental platform declared its implementation of a “party prevention system.”

The purpose is to identify and block bookings that carry a higher risk of hosting parties over the Memorial Day and July Fourth weekends. This marks the second year in a row that Airbnb has taken measures to discourage party-related bookings.

To further ensure a peaceful neighborhood environment, Airbnb is urging residents to report any instances of parties occurring at their rental properties by contacting the “24/7 Neighborhood Support” hotline.

By working together, both guests and neighbors can contribute to maintaining a harmonious community atmosphere.

Vigilance of Airbnb

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Airbnb implemented a worldwide ban on parties in 2020. Since then, the company has consistently employed similar systems to reduce the occurrence of parties during holiday weekends, such as Halloween and New Year’s Eve.

Airbnb has, once again, expressed its vigilance regarding one- and two-night reservations for entire homes. The company carefully assesses various factors including the timing of the booking, the identity of the person making the reservation, and their proximity to the property.

Let’s take a closer look at some noteworthy statistics regarding Airbnb’s efforts to curb parties:

Prior to the global ban in 2020, an impressive 73% of Airbnb listings worldwide had already implemented their own policies prohibiting parties.

Since the implementation of the ban, there has been a significant decrease of 55% in the rate of party reports submitted to Airbnb, when comparing data over a two-year period.

In 2022, only a minuscule 0.039% of global reservations resulted in a party report, showcasing the effectiveness of the implemented measures.

Looking ahead, Airbnb anticipates hosting approximately 300 million guests in the year 2023, highlighting the continued popularity and growth of the platform.

These figures demonstrate the positive impact of Airbnb’s actions in reducing party-related incidents and ensuring a more secure and enjoyable experience for its users.

Tragic incidents, legal battles, and instances of property damage

In November 2019, a horrifying shooting occurred during a Halloween party held at an Airbnb rental in Orinda, California, resulting in the loss of five lives.

Another distressing incident unfolded in April 2022, when a mass shooting took place at an Easter party hosted at an Airbnb property in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This incident claimed the lives of two teenagers, while eight others sustained injuries.

As a consequence, two individuals affected by the tragedy have filed lawsuits against Airbnb. In response to such incidents, Airbnb made the decision to make its party ban a permanent policy.

Prior to these devastating occurrences, Airbnb also faced challenges concerning reports of illicit activities such as pop-up brothels operating at rental properties.

Additionally, there have been numerous instances of post-party damage, including vandalism, assault, drug use, and extensive property destruction, amounting to significant financial losses for property owners.

Notably, one opulent mansion in London allegedly suffered damages reaching nearly $1 million. These distressing incidents serve as a reminder of the potential risks and consequences associated with unregulated and irresponsible partying at Airbnb accommodations.

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