First councils, now Airbnb brings in fun police to stop the partying permanently
The party is finally over for Airbnb after the company decided to permanently ban parties in properties on its platform.
Airbnb has introduced a worldwide ban on properties rented through the homestay giant. (Image SFgate.com)
Airbnb first implemented the ban as a temporary measure during the pandemic but has been under pressure from governments around the world to rein in the party house culture that has developed on its platform.
In February, Noosa Council imposed its own bans on short-term accommodation, effectively banning what it called unacceptable behaviour such as excessive singing, shouting and clapping.
Brisbane City Council also hiked up the rates of properties used for short-term rentals in a bid to persuade landlords to put their properties into the long-term rental market to ease the housing crisis.
The issue related to properties that were in mostly residential neighbourhoods in tourist areas like the Sunshine Coast which were rented out as party houses.
Airbnb said the temporary ban had proved effective and “we are officially codifying the ban as our policy”.
“We believe there is a direct correlation between our implementation of the policy in August 2020 and a 44 per cent year-over-year drop in the rate of party reports,” Airbnb said.
In 2021, 6600 guests were suspended from Airbnb globally for breaching the temporary party ban.
“The ban has been well received by our host community and we’ve received positive feedback from community leaders and elected officials,” the company said.
“The policy will continue to include serious consequences for guests who attempt to violate these rules varying from account suspension to full removal from the platform.”
However, the company has lifted a cap on the number of people that can stay in a property. The cap of 16 was imposed because of Covid, but Airbnb said there were properties big enough to host large numbers of people comfortably.