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Airbnb Bans House Parties Worldwide
Airbnb is cracking down on large parties at its listings, worldwide, as a part of the company’s efforts to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
The San Francisco-based home sharing company also announced that there is a limit on occupancy in its rental homes to 16 people with some exceptions for boutique hotels and other event venues.
“In many large jurisdictions, public health mandates on gatherings have changed – and in some places swung back and forth in response to the changing rates of COVID cases – as have regulations on bars, clubs, and pubs,” a statement from Airbnb reads. “Some have chosen to take bar and club behavior to homes, sometimes rented through our platform. We think such conduct is incredibly irresponsible – we do not want that type of business, and anyone engaged in or allowing that behavior does not belong on our platform.”
Airbnb said it will consider legal action against guests and hosts who violate the ban.
The company recently took legal action against a guest who held an unauthorized party in Sacramento County, California where three people were shot and wounded, as reported in the Associated Press.
Earlier this year, the company implemented a controversial policy that banned guests in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Spain under the age of 25 with fewer than three positive reviews from booking entire homes that are in close proximity to their permanent residence.
Airbnb also announced that it has plans to expand a hotline for neighbors to report unauthorized parties in the coming weeks.
Approximately 2% of the 7 million listed properties can accommodate 16 or more people. Most of these homes are in Beijing, New York, Los Angeles, and London, according to Airbnb.
“To be clear, we are not sanctioning smaller gatherings with this policy and all community members are expected to comply with local health restrictions on gatherings,” according to the Airbnb statement. “We will continue to enforce our party rules against groups of any size and will be taking action both on guests and listings if we receive reports from neighbors.”