Airbnb has completely banned events and occasions at houses listed on its web site worldwide.
The US-based accommodation-sharing firm mentioned the choice follows a short lived ban launched in August 2020 when some folks took “partying behaviour to rented homes” as a result of bars and nightclubs being closed or restricted because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It has recorded a 44% year-on-year drop in complaints about events since then, and obtained “positive feedback from community leaders and elected officials”.
A house within the prosperous Dorset neighbourhood of Sandbanks estimated to be value £2 million was trashed in March final 12 months when it was used for a celebration attended by round 60 folks after being booked on Airbnb by a pair for a two-night break.
Two months later residents in Bearsted, close to Maidstone, Kent, described how “at least 100 people” descended on a four-bedroom house for a raucous gathering with “thumping music all night long” after it was rented via the positioning.
Airbnb mentioned there are “serious consequences” for visitors who breach the occasion ban, various from the suspension of their account to being completely faraway from the platform.
Around 6,600 folks’s accounts have been suspended final 12 months for “attempting to violate our party ban”.
A 16-person occupancy cap for Airbnb listings launched as a part of the August 2020 ban has been lifted to permit listings for lodging that may “comfortably” maintain greater than that variety of folks.
The firm mentioned in an announcement: “From castles in Europe, to vineyards in the US, to large beachfront villas in the Caribbean, amazing properties like these thrive on hosting multi-generational family trips and larger groups, and removing this cap is meant to allow those hosts to responsibly utilise the space in their homes while still complying with our ban on disruptive parties.”
In late 2019, the agency prohibited events marketed on social media in addition to “chronic party houses” that had developed into “neighbourhood nuisances”.
It has additionally applied guidelines to scale back disruption at sure instances of 12 months, resembling banning prospects in a number of international locations together with the UK from making one-night bookings for complete houses on New Year’s Eve except they’ve a historical past of optimistic opinions.
Airbnb mentioned: “This new and long-term policy was enacted to help encourage and support community safety.
“We look forward to sharing updates in the coming weeks and months on our efforts to complement our community policies on parties.”