Looking to rent a house over Memorial Day or Fourth of July weekends? You need to have a positive history with Airbnb if you hope to get accommodations through them.
“As summer is rapidly approaching, we continue to build on our commitment to try to stop as many unauthorized parties as possible in the U.S.,” Airbnb officials said in a press release.
The company is returning to a program it tried over Halloween and New Year’s Eve in 2020.
The system focuses on blocking certain single-night reservations and redirecting two-night reservations for anyone without a positive history on the site.
The system was used over Fourth of July weekend last year, and there was a dramatic decrease in the number of unauthorized parties and reports of disruptive behavior.
The way the system works is:
- For one-night reservations, guests without a positive review history will be barred from renting.
- For two-night reservations, the company says it will “leverage and amplify our technology that restricts certain local or last-minute bookings by guests without a history of positive reviews on Airbnb.”
- Guests with a positive review history will not be subject to the rules.
- Airbnb will also be instituting anti-party attestations to guests attempting to make local reservations. They will be required to attest to their understanding that parties are banned and that if they break the rule, they may be subject to legal action.
“We do not take these measures lightly,” the company said, noting holiday weekends are important to their hosts.
The company will work with local law enforcement in some cases, and will also institute a neighborhood support line that allows neighbors who know a house is an Airbnb rental to report unauthorized or disruptive parties to the company.
The support line will include both online and telephone reporting capabilities.
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