Airbnb is piloting a self-imposed crackdown on party houses by banning under 25s from renting entire homes in their local area.
Following complaints from neighbours and local councils around the country – as well as police call-outs and even violence when gatherings have got out of hand – the platform says it’s getting tough on antisocial behaviour to reduce unauthorised parties.
But it’s only a limited kind of ban. Under 25s with fewer than three positive reviews will no longer be able to book entire home listings that are close to where they live in the UK.
They can still book any type of listing outside their local area, as well as private rooms and hotel rooms through Airbnb, regardless of where they live. Airbnb reports that similar pilots launched in the US and Canada earlier this summer have reduced the number of unauthorised parties.
Director of public policy Patrick Robinson says although just 0.03% of stays result in a significant Host Guarantee claim, Airbnb is committed to being a good partner to communities.
“We are absolutely determined to obstruct and weed-out anyone intent on causing antisocial behaviour,” he says. “We hope that our new restriction will make it abundantly clear that there is no home for any unauthorised parties on Airbnb.”
Last year, the platform banned all unauthorised parties and events in Airbnb listings globally and has since temporarily disabled its ‘event-friendly’ search filter.
But the site continues to come under scrutiny for the plethoraof listings in many parts of the UK, with warnings that the rapid expansion of short-term lets is being made at the expense of the private rented sector, depriving locals of homes.
Airbnb’s new Summer Safety Campaign for hosts and guests – launched today – will remind them to follow house rules, as well as local COVID-19 restrictions and the party policy.