The party’s over for Airbnb renters. The company is making its global ban on parties a permanent policy, codifying a temporary restriction put in place nearly two years ago.
Airbnb has announced that it is banning “disruptive parties and events,” including open-invite gatherings. “Party house” properties will continue to be “strictly prohibited,” with “serious consequences” for guests who violate the rules.
Punitive actions can range from account suspension to full removal from the platform. Last year, Airbnb suspended over 6,600 guests for violating the party ban.
“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,” according to a statement. The rental platform invites people to report parties at Airbnb properties in their area through a neighborhood support line.
Airbnb rolled out a temporary ban on party houses in 2019 after five people were killed in a shooting at one of its listed properties. The next year, the company implemented a global ban on all parties as the pandemic hit.
Other short-term vacation rental platforms, such as Expedia-owned Vrbo, have similar policies in place to curb large, noisy parties. “If a traveler hosts an unauthorized or disruptive event, we may prohibit them from renting again,” states Vrbo’s policy. “If a house party event becomes a nuisance, and an owner or property manager allowed the event, we’ll evaluate and take appropriate action, which may include removal from the website.”
In a demonstration of how seriously rental platforms take unauthorized parties, last year Airbnb formed a partnership with Vrbo to share information on repeat “party house” offenders in the United States.
Vacasa, a vacation rental management company whose properties can end up on Airbnb, Vrbo and other platforms, encourages home owners to invest in a noise monitor. “Noise monitoring systems are discreet, efficient devices built with guest privacy in mind,” according to the platform’s website. “If sustained noise levels inside your vacation rental reach above acceptable levels, the noise monitor will let you or your manager know if something is amiss. It’s an easy way to keep tabs on your guests (and keep the neighbors happy).”
As millions of people shifted to remote work during the pandemic, Airbnb has seen its fortunes rise, as travelers began booking more frequent and longer stays. In the first quarter of 2022, the company booked a record-breaking 102 million nights and experiences and posted revenue of $1.5 billion, up 70% compared to the first three months of last year.
For vacation renters planning large gatherings this summer, Airbnb’s latest announcement included a ray of sunshine. The company is lifting the 16-person occupancy cap introduced in summer 2020 before Covid-19 vaccines were available.