Airbnb says the party's over with permanent ban for all properties

San Francisco, California - Two years after introducing a temporary ban on parties in rented homes during the pandemic, Airbnb is making the ban permanent for all accommodation worldwide.

Airbnb first banned parties at all listed accommodations at the start of the pandemic.
Airbnb first banned parties at all listed accommodations at the start of the pandemic.  © 123RF/inkdrop

The prohibition, which was made permanent in a Tuesday announcement, was first introduced amid fears that parties would shift to rented accommodation when bars and clubs were closed during pandemic lockdowns.

Airbnb says the ban has since proven effective in combatting disruptive gatherings and "party house" events with open invitations advertised on social media.

Since the ban was introduced in August 2020, reports of parties have decreased by 44% year-over-year, according to the company.

With the move, Airbnb is also trying to make their business model more compatible with local communities by ending the dreaded "party house" phenomenon, as the constant turnover of noisy guests drives tenants up the walls.

"Over time, the party ban became much more than a public health measure," Airbnb said. "It developed into a bedrock community policy to support our hosts and their neighbors."

Airbnb threatens bans for party guests

At the same time, the company is also lifting its cap on 16 people per home, after introducing the limit over social distancing concerns during the pandemic.

Guests who ignore the party ban are threatened with having their account suspended and even being completely kicked from the platform, and Airbnb says that in 2021 alone, more than 6,600 guests around the world were banned from Airbnb for violating the party ban.

The multi-billion dollar platform has had a negative effect on housing stock and prices wherever it has set up shop, a much more urgent issue than the nuisance it has just addressed.

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