Airbnb makes its 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 put in place two years ago.

The company permanently bans “disruptive parties and events”, which includes open-invitation gatherings. “Party houses”, which people book to hold a big event for just 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 banned party homes and rolled out multiple security features in 2019 after five people were killed in a shooting at one of its bookings. In 2020, the company instituted a global ban on all parties when the pandemic hit.

Airbnb said that since implementing its policy in August 2020, it has seen a 44% year-over-year drop in party reporting rates. “The temporary ban has proven effective, and today we officially codify the ban as our policy,” the company said in a blog post.

But because of the way these companies operate, they can’t always stop the parties from happening. Customers can sometimes self-check into remote properties while the owner is away and can invite as many people as they want.

Airbnb said guests who attempt to break its rules will face consequences ranging from account suspension to removal from the platform altogether. In 2021, for example, more than 6,600 guests were suspended from Airbnb for violating its party ban.

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