CEO, Co-Founder – Airbnb Brian Chesky attends Cannes Lions 2016 on June 20, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Richard Bord/Getty Images)
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Airbnb announced a global ban on parties on Tuesday. It follows a temporary restriction the company put in place two years ago.
The company permanently bans “disruptive parties and events,” which include open-invitation gatherings. “Party houses,” which people book to host a big event for just one night, also remain banned.
Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms like Vrbo struggle with party houses and big events.
Airbnb imposed a ban on party houses and introduced several safety features in 2019 after five people were killed in a shooting at one of its bookings. In 2020, the company imposed a global ban on all parties when the pandemic hit.
Airbnb said that since implementing its policy in August 2020, the rate of party notifications has decreased by 44% year over year. “The temporary ban has proven effective, and today we are officially codifying the ban as our policy,” the company said in a blog post.
But due to the way these companies operate, they can’t always prevent parties from happening. Guests can sometimes self-check-in at remote properties while the owner is away and invite as many people as they like.
Airbnb said guests who try to violate its rules face consequences ranging from account suspension to complete removal from the platform. In 2021, for example, more than 6,600 guests were suspended from Airbnb for violating the party ban.
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