Airbnb announced on Tuesday, June 28, that it would be prohibiting guests from throwing parties and events on properties booked through the application globally.
The booking application codified the ban as their official policy after determining that the temporary restrictions imposed during the pandemic were successful.
Airbnb found that the party ban has reported over a 40% year-a-year drop and said it is the right time to make the party ban a community policy. It also added that supporting their host and neighbors is now more than a public health concern.
“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 in a statement.
“Finally, strong policies must be complemented by strong enforcement. We’ve introduced a number of anti-party measures in recent years to enforce our policy and try, to the best of our ability, to stop both unauthorized parties and chronic party houses.” Airbnb added.
Guests violating the solidified party ban policy will result in account suspension to complete removal from the platform. Last year, the rental service removed 6,600 customers for breaking the company's party restriction.
Meanwhile, Airbnb hosts who break this regulation and enable their guests to throw parties may face severe penalties, including the removal of their rental listings.
Airbnb first imposed a temporary ban on hosting parties in 2019 after a deadly shooting incident took place on a property rented on their platform.
As a precautionary measure against the pandemic, Airbnb tightened its party restrictions and limited the number of people who may stay in rental party houses to 16 persons throughout the outbreak.
“When the pandemic hit, as many bars and clubs closed or restricted their occupancy, we began to see some people taking partying behavior to rented homes, including through Airbnb,” said the rental service application.
“As such, we announced the party ban to our community as being “in the best interest of public health,” Airbnb added.