Airbnb prevents 100,000 people from booking in “anti-party” blitz

The platform pledged to ban “party houses” following a deadly shooting at a Halloween party at a rental apartment building in San Francisco in 2019 (AFP via Getty Images)

Airbnb has confirmed that around 100,000 people have been barred from booking local rentals on its platform in the United States, since its attempt to curb “party house offenders.”

As coronavirus restrictions ease in the United States, Airbnb is doubling down on efforts to “reduce the number of unauthorized home parties.”

Airbnb shared with The independent that he had stranded thousands of people in more than 18 cities in the United States, including about 15,000 in Los Angeles, 10,000 in Chicago, 12,000 in Atlanta, 7,000 in Dallas and 6,000 in San Diego.

The global reservations platform, which allows people to rent their homes to visitors for overnight stays, strengthened its commitment to communities and hosts by outlining how U.S. guests under 25 will be prevented from booking accommodations whole in their region.

Parties can be a real nuisance to neighborhood communities, but there can also be safety concerns. The platform has vowed to ban “party houses” following a deadly shooting at a Halloween party at a rental apartment building in San Francisco in 2019.

CEO Brian Chesky said Airbnb would screen “high risk” bookings and remove customers who do not comply with its global “no party” policies.

The site has also gone to great lengths to remove global listings with descriptions that appear to empower parties that go against Airbnb policy. In the UK, for example, the company has removed 1,000 listings and blocked 80,000 UK booking attempts to prevent anti-social behavior.

In accordance with site regulations, “US customers under the age of 25 with less than three positive reviews are not able to book entire homes near their place of residence.”

The exception to this rule is if guests under 25 have at least three positive reviews and no negative reviews, or are staying at a long-term property – then they can book in their area.

Guests under 25 are still allowed to book private rooms and hotel rooms through Airbnb, no matter where they live.

Airbnb also recently partnered with competitor Vrbo, owned by Expedia Group, to keep the community safe. Both companies run programs to tackle disruptive party houses, which are frequently reported on every platform.

“The challenge remains, as repeat offenders can be struck off by one platform, to appear on another,” Airbnb said in a statement. “One platform cannot solve this problem – it takes an industry-wide effort. “

Airbnb maintains that 99.95% of stays on the platform go without any security-related issues being reported.

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