Friday, August 12 2022

Jhe party is over for Airbnb tenants. The company is making its global party ban a permanent policy, codifying a temporary restriction put in place nearly two years ago.

Airbnb announced it was banning “disruptive parties and events,” including invitational gatherings. ‘Party house’ properties will continue to be ‘strictly prohibited’, with ‘serious consequences’ for guests who break the rules.

Punitive actions can range from account suspension to complete removal from the platform. Last year, Airbnb suspended more than 6,600 guests for violating the party ban.

“We believe there is a direct correlation between our implementation of the policy in August 2020 and a 44% year-over-year decline in party reporting,” a statement said. The rental platform invites people to report parties at Airbnb properties in their area through a neighborhood helpline.

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Airbnb implemented a temporary ban on party homes in 2019 after five people were killed in a shooting at one of its listed properties. The following year, the company implemented a global ban on all parties when the pandemic hit.

Other short-term vacation rental platforms, such as Expedia-owned Vrbo, have similar policies in place to limit loud, large parties. “If a traveler hosts an unauthorized or disruptive event, we may prohibit them from renting again,” says Vrbo policy. “If a house party event becomes a nuisance and a landlord or property manager has authorized the event, we will assess and take appropriate action, which may include removing the website.”

Demonstrating how seriously rental platforms take unauthorized parties, Airbnb last year formed a partnership with Vrbo to share information about repeat “party house” offenders in the United States.

Vacasa, a vacation rental management company whose properties can be found on Airbnb, Vrbo and other platforms, encourages owners to invest in a noise monitor. “Noise monitoring systems are discreet and effective devices designed with customer privacy in mind,” according to the platform’s website. “If sustained noise levels inside your vacation rental exceed acceptable levels, the noise monitor will let you or your manager know if something is wrong. It’s an easy way to keep keep an eye on your guests (and keep the neighbors happy).

As millions of people turned to remote work during the pandemic, Airbnb saw its fortunes rise as travelers began to book more frequent and longer stays. In the first quarter of 2022, the company booked a record 102 million nights and experiences and posted revenue of $1.5 billion, up 70% from the first three months of the year. last year.

For vacation renters planning large gatherings this summer, Airbnb’s latest announcement included a ray of sunshine. The company is lifting the 16-person occupancy cap introduced in the summer of 2020 before Covid-19 vaccines became available.


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