Airbnb has blocked more than 50,000 suspicious bookings in 15 U.S. cities as part of the beating of parties on its properties during the pandemic. These include 7,000 in Dallas, 6,000 in San Diego, 5,100 in Charlotte, 3,500 in St. Louis, 3,000 in Columbus and 2,700 in New Orleans, says Ben Breit, the company’s head of trust and security communications. Limit.
Denver Post reports that it has blocked 5,000 bookings in Phoenix, 4,500 in Las Vegas, 4,500 in Seattle, 2,600 in Denver, 2,600 in Portland, 1,800 in Salt Lake City and 1,500 in Albuquerque. WLWT5 reports that 2,000 reservations were blocked in Cincinnati and 3,800 in Austin, according to KXAN.
The numbers indicate the scope of Airbnb’s law enforcement activities and comply with the parties’ global ban introduced last year prevent its rental housing from becoming an alternative to local bars and clubs that have to close due to a pandemic. “It is in the public health interest to impose a global ban on parties and events,” the company said at the time. The ban extended existing rules banning dedicated “party houses” entered into force in 2019.
Breit said Denver Post what types of bookings its system has automatically blocked in the United States since July last year. “If you’re under the age of 25 and haven’t had any positive reviews, we don’t allow you to book full home listings locally for your place of residence,” Breit said. However, other bookings that do not have a reasonable party space are still allowed. For example, trying to rent in a distant city is ok, as well as renting a smaller location locally. Airbnb now uses this system in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Spain.
Company believes that its ban has worked, and said that big events like Halloween and New Year’s Eve were “quiet” as a result. In Denver in particular, Denver Post reports that complaints about short-term rental properties halved between January and May this year compared to the same period in 2020, although it is unclear how much this can be attributed to Airbnb’s policies compared to the more general decline caused by the pandemic.
Although vaccines continue to be used around the world, Airbnb shows no signs of easing the rules and said it recently extended its ban on parties. until the end of summer 2021. It explained why, as part of the ‘summer of responsible travel’ announcement in April when it referred to warnings from public health experts about the continuing risks of rallies.
Automatically blocking suspected bookings is just one part of hijacking a business. Other elements include providing discounted noise detection equipment to hosts and a 24-hour neighborhood support line in the United States, the company says.