Airbnb makes party ban permanent

CEO, Co-Founder – Airbnb Brian Chesky attends the 2016 Cannes Lions 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, following a temporary restriction it introduced two years ago.

The company permanently bans “disruptive parties and events,” including open-invitation gatherings. “Party houses”, which people book to organize a big event for one night, will also remain banned.

Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms, such as Vrbo, have struggled with party houses and large-scale events.

Airbnb placed 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 it implemented its policy in August 2020, the number of party reports has fallen by 44% year-on-year. “The temporary ban has proved effective and today we are officially codifying the ban as our policy,” the company said in a blog post.

But because of the way these companies operate, they can’t always prevent parties from happening. Guests can sometimes self-check in to remote accommodations while the owner is away and can invite as many people as they want.

Airbnb said guests who try to break the rules will 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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