On Tuesday, Airbnb announced that it’s placing a total and permanent ban on parties at short-term rentals.
A move that gradually tightened following a fatal shooting at a party in California in 2019, the company started off by prohibiting advertising parties at Airbnb locations on social media.
Later on, the number of parties at Airbnb locations increased during the pandemic, Airbnb said, as people moved gatherings from bars and clubs to rented homes. That led to a temporary ban in 2020.
“Over time, the party ban became much more than a public health measure. It developed into a bedrock community policy,” the company said. In the past, property owners were given the room to use their best judgment on whether to allow parties, but this changed in the past 2 years.
Under the new policy, Airbnb will also lift its 16-person cap at rental properties, a rule enacted against Covid but which will now take into account that certain larger or outdoor sites are OK for bigger groups.
The company said people breaking the rules face consequences from account suspension to full removal from the platform, adding that in 2021, over 6,600 guests were suspended over the party ban.