Washington, August 20
Airbnb is banning home events worldwide because it tries to scrub up its popularity and adjust to coronavirus-related limits on gatherings.
The San Francisco-based dwelling sharing firm mentioned it would restrict occupancy in its rental properties to 16 folks. It could supply exceptions for boutique lodges or different occasion venues.
Airbnb mentioned it might pursue authorized motion towards visitors and hosts who violate the ban. Last week, for the primary time, Airbnb took authorized motion towards a visitor who held an unauthorised social gathering in Sacramento County, California.
Airbnb has at all times prohibited unauthorized events, and the corporate mentioned practically 75 per cent of its listings explicitly ban events.
But after a lethal taking pictures at a California Airbnb rental final Halloween, the corporate has taken a number of steps to crack down on events. Five folks had been killed within the taking pictures, which occurred throughout an unauthorised social gathering.
Last November, Airbnb began manually reviewing U.S. and Canadian reservations to weed out suspicious leases, like a visitor who booked a one-night keep near their dwelling. It expanded that program to Australia final week.
In July, Airbnb banned U.S. and Canadian visitors below age 25 with fewer than three optimistic opinions from reserving whole properties near the place they stay. It expanded that coverage to the United Kingdom, Spain and France final week.
Airbnb mentioned it additionally plans to increase a hotline for neighbours to report unauthorised events.
Airbnb — which has greater than 7 million listings — presents tons of of properties that may accommodate 16 folks. There are a minimum of 53 in London, 277 in Beijing, 170 in New York and 116 in Los Angeles, in accordance with the corporate’s web site.
Twelve-year-old Airbnb has been attempting to shed its couch-surfing picture and attraction to extra varieties of vacationers forward of its preliminary public providing, which might occur later this yr. Last yr it introduced an effort to confirm all of its properties, for instance.
The firm additionally mentioned it needs to ensure it’s complying with public well being mandates. Los Angeles County has a ban on gatherings of individuals from totally different households, for instance.
Airbnb mentioned the coronavirus-related closure of bars and nightclubs has led to a rise in massive home events, typically at its leases.
“We do not want that type of business, and anyone engaged in or allowing that behaviour does not belong on our platform,” Airbnb mentioned in a publish on its web site. AP