Airbnb Suspends 800 UK Listings In Party House Lockdown
Updated: Nov 18, 2020
The number includes listings that have received complaints or violated policies on parties and unauthorised events, which are “explicitly” banned on Airbnb.
November 12th, 2020 - As part of its crackdown on anti-social behaviour, Airbnb claim it blocked more than 13,500 UK reservation attempts in one month following the introduction of pilot restrictions that prevent some bookings by under-25-year-olds close to the place where they live.
The news follows the introduction of a series of measures by Airbnb to get tough on lewd behaviour at its listed rental properties, including a global party ban, pilot booking restrictions and the launch of its neighbour tool, through which neighbours can share concerns about listings in their communities directly with Airbnb for investigation.
It came as Airbnb announced it would again be restricting bookings in England following the latest lockdown announcement by the government, in order to ensure that everyone would be able to follow the rules and stay safe during the lockdown period. From Friday 6 November until Wednesday 2 December, all new bookings made for stays during this time will be subject to the new temporary restrictions.
Guests booking legally exempt stays will still be able to book long-term stays on Airbnb, though the company said it would be regularly reviewing the measures and monitoring the government’s guidance.
Patrick Robinson, director of public policy at Airbnb, issued a “zero tolerance” warning if guests using the platform to book accommodation were to engage in anti-social behaviour.
He said: “We want to be clear beyond doubt that we have zero tolerance for antisocial behaviour on Airbnb. The vast majority of hosts and guests are good neighbours and we are determined to weed-out bad actors.
“Our measures are working and as the UK goes back into lockdown, our priority is to be good partners to communities and to help everyone stay safe.
“As new lockdown restrictions begin, we want to be a good partner to communities and we’ve heard from hosts who want to help everyone follow the rules and stay safe. That is why we are again introducing temporary booking restrictions on Airbnb.
“Public safety is our priority and we regret any impact for hosts and guests. We will closely monitor government guidance and keep the policy under review and we look forward to when hosts can safely reopen their doors to guests,” he added.
Airbnb, Inc. is an American vacation rental online marketplace company based in San Francisco, California, United States. Airbnb offers arrangement for lodging, primarily homestays, or tourism experiences.
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