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To stop parties, Airbnb won’t let some guests book homes

/ 03:13 PM July 04, 2020
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Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky speaks during an event in San Francisco. Image: AP/Eric Risberg

Airbnb will ban some younger United States guests from booking homes in their area as part of a continuing effort to crack down on unauthorized parties.

The San Francisco-based home-sharing company said U.S. guests under age 25 with fewer than three positive Airbnb reviews won’t be allowed to book entire homes close to where they live. Airbnb wouldn’t reveal how it defines what is “close.”

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Those guests will still be allowed to book entire homes elsewhere, and they will be allowed to book hotel rooms or private rooms within homes, the company said.

Guests under 25 with at least three positive Airbnb reviews and no negative reviews won’t be subject to the restrictions.

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Airbnb began stepping up efforts to ban “party houses” last November after five people were shot and killed during an unauthorized party at an Airbnb rental in Orinda, California. At the time, Airbnb set up a rapid response team to deal with complaints from neighbors and started screening “high risk” bookings, such as reservations at a large home for one night.

Earlier this year, Airbnb piloted its new policy for younger guests in Canada. The company said the policy has led to a “meaningful drop” in unauthorized house parties.

In a message to hosts, the company said reducing unauthorized parties is even more of a priority right now as states try to avoid coronavirus outbreaks.

“With public health mandates in place throughout the country, we’re taking actions to support safe and responsible travel in the United States,” the company said. CL

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TOPICS: Airbnb, coronavirus, COVID-19, Home-sharing Platform, Party, United States
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