Air Ball! AirBnb Is Cracking Down On Young Adults Trying To Rent Big Houses To Throw Massive Parties.

Mom and Dad are OK with your party, but not if they don’t know who is going to be attending. So that means no “open-invitation” parties!

In this case, Airbnb plays the role of parents, reportedly having blocked 20,000 such booking attempts.

A Denver Post story cites these “suspicious bookings” in seven American cities as the company keeps its vigilance regarding a worldwide ban on “party houses.” 

An Airbnb executive, Ben Breit, offered the Post a breakdown of the seven Western U.S. cities where reservations were blocked:

Phoenix: 5,000.

Las Vegas and Seattle, 4,500.

Portland and Denver, 2,600.

Salt Lake City, 1,800.

Albuquerque, 1,500. 

“If you are under the age of 25 and you don’t have a history of positive reviews, we will not allow you to book an entire home listing local to where you live,” Breit said in the Denver Post. “The system actually blocks that reservation. It doesn’t allow it to go through. …

“The open invite gatherings are a big priority for us, the ones where the host of the party doesn’t know everyone who is showing up.”

The rules don’t affect young adults seeking smaller homes (too small for disruptive gatherings), Breit told the Post.  

Airbnb’s first ban on rentals close to where the young adults live, rolled out last July, resulted in 770,000 blocked reservations across the U.S. and Canada, the company reported last October. 

Last August, Airbnb announced on its website: 

“Today we’re announcing a global ban on all parties and events at Airbnb listings, including a cap on occupancy at 16. This party ban applies to all future bookings on Airbnb and it will remain in effect indefinitely until further notice.” 

Airbnb has since extended the ban through the end of this summer.

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