Airbnb definitely does not want people to rent properties on their site for the purpose of hosting parties. First, they came out with a global ban on parties in August. Then, they instituted a policy that blocks people from making last-minute bookings in their hometown. Now, Airbnb has issued new guidelines for Halloween rentals, which center on—you guessed it—preventing parties. Here’s what you need to know.
Beginning on October 2nd, Airbnb stopped permitting one-night bookings for entire-home listings on Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October 31, anywhere in the United States or Canada.
If you managed to make an entire-home one-night booking for the 30th or 31st before this new policy kicked in, Airbnb will cancel the reservation and reimburse you. The company has indicted that it will absorb the reimbursement costs, ensuring that hosts still get paid for the canceled bookings.
Here’s the reasoning behind the new policy, per a statement from Airbnb:
The great majority of guests are respectful of our hosts’ homes and neighbors, and we understand that this initiative will disrupt many one-night reservations that might not have led to parties. This action is designed to help protect our hosts and the communities they live in. We will also be introducing additional measures to complement the two-night minimum in an effort to stop as many large gatherings as possible.
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And that’s not all: Airbnb has also announced the following precautions ahead of the holiday:
- As the Halloween weekend approaches, we plan to deploy more stringent restrictions on two- and three-night reservations that may pose heightened risk for parties. For example, we will leverage our technology that restricts certain local and last-minute bookings by guests without a history of positive reviews on Airbnb and also block reservations within an expanded radius.
- Also as the weekend approaches, we plan to remind guests making successful reservations to take place between October 28 and November 1 that parties are not allowed in listings. They will also be required to attest that they understand that they may be subject to removal from Airbnb or legal action if they violate Airbnb’s rules on parties.
- In case any individuals are able to avoid Airbnb’s defenses and host parties, trained agents from Airbnb’s neighborhood support line will be on call throughout the weekend to quickly respond to issues raised by neighbors.
So if you’re hosting a Halloween party, you may want to rethink your plans, whether or not they involve a one-night booking at an Airbnb—we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, and gatherings may not be the best decision, from a public health perspective.