Hosts face new ruling
Airbnb to crack down on ‘party houses’ over lettings abuse
The party house bubble may be about to burst (pic: Terry Murden)
Airbnb has said it will ban “party houses” in a move that will impact on those who rent out their homes.
The company’s decision follows a mass shooting at a California home rented through the company but also after complaints of “abusive host and guest conduct”.
CEO Brian Chesky said in a tweet: “We must do better, and we will. This is unacceptable.”
Three people died at the house, in the city of Orinda, near San Francisco, and two more died later in hospital.
The house was said to been booked for a small group but more than 100 people descended on the property after it was promoted via Instagram as the venue for a Halloween party. The owner did not authorise the party, Airbnb said.
The company also announced an immediate crackdown on hosts who allow their homes to become long-term nuisances in their neighbourhoods and will remove guests and hosts who fail to comply.
It was not clear if the policy would apply globally but a report from Associated Press noted that house parties have long been an issue for Airbnb, which has more than six million listings worldwide, including thousands in Scotland.