The “no-party” policy was implemented during the pandemic when people were using rentals to party after the extended closure of bars and restaurants.
Short-term rental app Airbnb announced on Tuesday, June 28 that they were permanently banning all parties at their rental accommodations. Seeing as quite a fair share of rentals are booked for the sole purpose of hosting party events, will the app’s popularity take a further dive among consumers?
On the other side of the coin, many Airbnb hosts have long since put conditions in place that have disallowed for parties or large events in a bid to avoid unwanted damage or noise complaints. Now, it looks like Airbnb very much want a cleaner image of their services by implementing the ban on the platform itself.
In fact, the rental company put a halt to all parties at their rental residences in 2020 when the pandemic started. The “no-party” policy was first put in effect “until further notice” due to many people who were using rentals to party when faced with the extended closures bars and restaurants.
Seeing how the policy worked not only as a Covid-prevention measure, but also as a tool for the overall health of the service, Airbnb decided to have it as a permanent rule.
“Over time, the party ban became much more than a public health measure. It developed into a bedrock community policy to support our Hosts and their neighbors,” the company wrote in a press release.
“Moreover — it’s been working. 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.”
Airbnb’s Covid policy got more than 6,600 guests banned from the app last year for trying to skirt around the no-party rule.
Although the party ban has become permanent, Airbnb did however lift a restriction on the number of guests a property can host. When the temporary party ban was instituted, it included a 16-guest occupancy cap. Airbnb has since lifted the cap, stating there are some properties that can comfortably house 16 or more people.
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