(The Center Square) – Airbnb has made its temporary ban on parties in short-term rentals permanent.
In August 2020, the company announced a worldwide ban on all parties and events in Airbnb listings. This included an occupancy cap of 16 years.
“Some have chosen to bring bar and club behavior into homes, sometimes rented through our platform,” the company said at the time. “We believe such conduct is incredibly irresponsible – we don’t want this type of business, and anyone engaging in or allowing this behavior does not belong on our platform.”
On Tuesday, the company said the temporary ban had worked and it was officially codifying the ban as company policy.
“We believe there is a direct correlation between our implementation of the policy in August 2020 and a 44% year-over-year decline in the party reporting rate,” the company said in a statement. communicated. statement. “The ban has been well received by our host community and we have received positive feedback from community leaders and elected officials. As we build on this momentum, we believe the time has come to codify this policy. »
Although unauthorized parties have always been prohibited in Airbnb listings, repeated issues with party homes have forced the company to change its policies multiple times to address issues involving parties.
“Historically, we’ve allowed hosts to use their best judgment and allow parties when appropriate for their home and neighborhood,” the company said. “At the end of 2019, we tightened our measures to ban both ‘open invitation’ parties (i.e. those advertised on social media) as well as ‘chronic party houses’ that had morphed in neighborhood nuisances.”
As part of the new policy, Airbnb is removing the 16-person cap for certain listings.
“The temporary party ban policy announced in the summer of 2020 included an occupancy cap of 16 people – which was driven primarily by COVID-19 concerns about large gatherings prior to the introduction of vaccines,” the company said. “As part of the updated policy, and based on feedback from a number of hosts who have listings that can comfortably accommodate more than 16 people, we will be removing this cap.”
The no-party policy has consequences for those who break the rules. Consequences may include account suspension and removal from the platform. In 2021, more than 6,600 guests were suspended from Airbnb for attempting to violate the party ban, the company said.
The company also said it remained committed to enforcing the no-party policy.
“Strong policies must be complemented by strong enforcement,” the company said. “We have introduced a number of anti-party measures in recent years to enforce our policy and try, to the best of our abilities, to stop both unauthorized parties and chronic party houses. These include prevention of anti-party bookings, special anti-party measures during holidays, a 24-hour security line, our neighborhood helpline and a partnership with Vrbo to share information on repeat offenders. party houses in the United States. »