It might seem like a no-brainer: Instead of using your own home for a big birthday bash, holiday party, or other event bound to cause wear and tear on the home and neighbors complaining about the noise, why not rent an Airbnb and take the annoyance elsewhere?
But that no-brainer has turned into a no-go. The company has recently forbidden such unauthorized events.
Airbnb announced a temporary ban on parties unauthorized by hosts in June. Now that ban has become permanent, backed by “new anti-party tools in the U.S. and Canada” that will help identify “high-risk” reservations that seem to indicate party intentions.
“For example,” says a recent Airbnb statement, “this system looks at factors like history of positive reviews (or lack of positive reviews), length of time the guest has been on Airbnb, length of the trip, distance to the listing, weekend vs. weekday, among many others. The primary objective is attempting to reduce the ability of bad actors to throw unauthorized parties which negatively impact our Hosts, neighbors, and the communities we serve.”
In a similar pilot program launched in Australian locales in October 2021, Airbnb reports a 35% drop in unauthorized parties. “We are hoping for similar success as we begin testing this in the US and Canada,” noted the statement.
On the bright side for partiers, those weeded out by Airbnb won’t be snubbed entirely. Reports the travel service: “Guests who are unable to make entire home bookings due to this system will still be able to book a private room (where the Host is more likely to be physically on-site) or a hotel room through Airbnb.
Which brings up a question: How many partiers can you cram into a hotel room?