Airbnb makes its party ban permanent

Airbnb makes its party ban permanent
KEY POINTS
  • Airbnb announced a temporary global ban on parties and events nearly two years ago.
  • Now, the home-sharing company is putting the ban in place permanently.
  • Airbnb will continue to bar “disruptive parties and events,” including open-invite gatherings. “Party houses,” which people book for a large event for one night, will also stay banned.

Airbnb on Tuesday announced a global ban on parties, following a temporary restriction it put in place two years ago.

The company is permanently banning “disruptive parties and events,” which include open-invite gatherings. “Party houses,” which people book to throw a large event for just one night, will stay banned as well.

Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms, such as Vrbo, have struggled with party houses and large-scale events.

Airbnb placed a ban on party houses and rolled out several safety 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 as the pandemic hit.

Airbnb said that since it implemented its policy in August 2020, it has seen a 44% year-over-year drop in the rate of party reports. “The temporary ban has proved effective, and today we are officially codifying the ban as our policy,” the company said in a blog post.

But due to the way these companies operate, they can’t always stop parties from taking place. Guests can sometimes check in to remote properties themselves while the owner is away and can invite as many people over as they want.

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

This article was originally published on cnbc.com

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