Airbnb bans parties permanently |

Two years ago Airbnb announced a temporary “global ban on parties”. Now it has officially become part of company policy.

WASHINGTON — Airbnb, the short-term rental platform, announced Tuesday its plans to permanently ban parties.

The company had imposed a temporary ban on all parties and event schedules in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic as people moved from clubs to rental houses to party. Other established policies included a 24/7 neighborhood hotline, a guest limit of 16, and restrictions on guests under the age of 25.

“The temporary ban has proven effective, and today we are officially codifying the ban as our policy,” the company said in a press release.

While the company made these restrictions permanent in its policies, it announced that it would drop the 16-guest occupancy cap.

According to Airbnb’s press release, over 6,600 guests were suspended from the platform in 2021 for violating the party ban. The company said it has seen a 44% year-on-year decline in the number of party reports since the ban came into effect.

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According to the Associated Press, Airbnb began cracking down on parties in 2019 after a deadly shooting at a party at a home in California. As part of its initiative to crack down on “party houses,” the company partnered with Vrbo, another short-term rental service, to combat repeat “party house” offenders in the United States

In May, Airbnb announced a “holiday anti-party” measure that will block certain one- or two-night reservations for some guests with no past positive reviews, which will impact this year’s Fourth of July weekend.

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