The numbers are in: Airbnb prevented tens of hundreds of individuals from probably partying throughout the pandemic.
By implementing a world ban on partying starting in August 2020, Airbnb blocked over 50,000 individuals from partying in 15 US cities.
Airbnb’s head of belief and security communication, Ben Breit, advised The Verge that this included 7,000 blocked or redirected “probably dangerous reservation makes an attempt” in Dallas, 6,000 in San Diego, 5,100 in Charlotte, 3,500 in St. Louis, 3,000 in Columbus and a couple of,700 in New Orleans. The Denver Submit additionally reported that 5,000 individuals had been blocked from making suspicious bookings in Phoenix, 4,500 in Las Vegas, 4,500 in Seattle, 2,600 in Denver, 2,600 in Portland, 1,800 in Salt Lake Metropolis and 1,500 in Albuquerque.
To weed out the short-term renters more likely to buck COVID-19 security protocols, the rental behemoth has capped occupancy at 16 individuals and restricted the rental talents of younger individuals and people with earlier dangerous critiques on the San Francisco-based platform.
“In case you are beneath the age of 25 and also you don’t have a historical past of constructive critiques, we won’t can help you e book a whole house itemizing native to the place you reside,” Breit advised The Denver Submit. “The system really blocks that reservation. It doesn’t enable it to undergo.”
Along with guaranteeing that Airbnb rental-hosted events don’t change into super-spreader occasions, the pandemic period coverage can be meant to stop disruptive and unsafe events typically.
“The larger difficulty and what we care most about is attempting to cease any sort of disruptive gathering. The open invite gatherings are an enormous precedence for us, those the place the host of the get together doesn’t know everybody who’s exhibiting up,” Breit added.
The strategy seems to be working: Within the first half of this 12 months, Denver obtained roughly half as many short-term rental complaints because it did throughout the identical time span in 2020, The Denver Submit reported.
Airbnb didn’t instantly return The Submit’s request for remark.