Clamping Down on those Airbnb Parties

As smart as human beings are known to be, we also have a tendency of going rogue at times. Now, one might bat for the stated tendency by saying that’s how we learn and become better over time, an argument which is completely fair too. However, it really becomes an issue once you start going through those instances where we tried to have our way, and consequentially, caused a host of problems for others. These instances, in particular, will force the world to conceive a well-defined defensive cover. To our credit, we’ll solve this conundrum the moment we introduce a regulatory framework across the entire spectrum. Having some semblance of an authority within every area was a game-changer, considering it instantly made human beings more organized than ever before. Unfortunately, though, the utopia will meet a rather abrupt end, and if we are being honest, technology was really the main culprit behind it. Technology’s layered nature would go on to create such a dynamic that everyone found themselves with another prime shot at breaking the mould and doing their thing, no matter how detrimental it seemed from a wider standpoint. Nevertheless, the tide is shifting yet again, and while the same is evident within various recent cases, Airbnb’s latest decision should only take it a step further.

Airbnb has officially imposed a permanent ban on unauthorized parties and events at host properties. The company first introduced such a ban back in 2020 so to comply with the social distancing restrictions, but it looks like the measure has given Airbnb a sustainable way through which it can scale up the experience for its hosting community. To soften the stated blow, though, the popular service notably lifted the cap on how many guests can stay at a specific place. Due to Covid 19 again, the stated cap was set around 16 people per house, but as indicated, it’s not the case anymore. The company did so because certain properties “from castles in Europe to vineyards in the US to large beachfront villas in the Caribbean” can easily accommodate more than 16 people. Airbnb noted how “properties like these thrive on hosting multi-generational family trips and larger groups.”

Coming back to the ban on parties, Airbnb also has a helpline, which a host can use to report any violations of the new mandate. Assuming the numbers touted by the company are accurate, it has already suspended more than 6,600 accounts over the said breach.

The latest ban joins Airbnb’s strict prohibition on “chronic party houses” that came after five people lost their lives in a Halloween shooting.

“We believe there is a direct correlation between our implementation of the policy in August 2020 and a 44% year-over-year drop in the rate of party reports. The ban has been well received by our Host community and we’ve received positive feedback from community leaders and elected officials. As we build on this momentum, we believe the time is right to codify this policy,” Airbnb said.

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