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Airbnb Officially Codifies Party Ban

Airbnb announced that they are codifying the party ban that was enacted in August of 2020 (as a temporary ban). According to Airbnb, the temporary ban has proved effective, and they officially codified the ban as their policy.

Airbnb provided some details that led them to codifying the party ban:

“Historically, we allowed Hosts to use their best judgement and authorize parties when appropriate for their home and neighborhood. In late 2018, we tightened our measures to prohibit both “open-invite” parties (i.e., those advertised on social media) as well as “chronic party houses” that had developed into neighborhood nuisances. At that time, we also launched our Neighborhood Support Line in a number of jurisdictions as a direct line for neighbors to communicate any concerns to Airbnb, which has helped us enforce that prohibition on party houses.

“When the pandemic hit, as many bars and clubs closed or restricted their occupancy, we began to see some people taking partying behavior to rented homes, including through Airbnb. This was concerning to use due to both the disruptive nature of unauthorized parties and the risk of such gatherings spreading the virus. As such, we announced the party ban to our community as being “in the best interest of public health”.

According to Airbnb, disruptive parties and events will continue to be prohibited, including open-invite gatherings. “Party house” properties will continue to be prohibited as well.

In addition, Airbnb says that the policy will continue to include serious consequences for guests who attempt to violate these rules, varying from account suspensions to full removal from the platform. In 2021, over 6,600 guests were suspended from Airbnb for attempting to violate Airbnb’s party ban.

The Verge reported that in addition to making the party ban permanent, Airbnb is lifting a 16-person occupancy limit it also introduced in 2020. The company says this is because there are plenty of properties that can comfortably host more than 16 people, and that many of these are used for “multi-generational family trips and larger groups.” This particular policy change will take effect “in the coming months”.

According to The Verge, Airbnb removed an “event-friendly” search filter in 2020, and also removed option for listings to be marked as “parties and events allowed”. It also banned “party houses” in 2019 after five people died during a 100-plus person Halloween event at an Airbnb in Orinda, California.

I think it makes sense for Airbnb to allow large families to make use of a home that has adequate room for everyone who is partaking in a family vacation together. To me, it seems unlikely that a family group would intentionally cause harm to the place they stayed at.

Airbnb no longer allows “party houses”, and I think that’s a good idea. Some people are entirely too irresponsible with places that they don’t own. Nobody wants to come back and find that their home has been trashed. Where will the people who want to attend huge parties go now? Perhaps they will start going to their local bars instead.

Paris is Suing Airbnb for Illegal Advertisements

The city of Paris is suing Airbnb for violating a French law that requires advertisements about short term rentals to include a registration number.

Under French law, home owners in Paris can rent out their places on short-term rental platforms for up to 120 days a year. Advertisements must include a registration number to help ensure properties are not rented out for longer. This law was passed in 2018.

Paris is suing Airbnb for publishing 1,000 illegal rental adverts. Those who break this law can be punished by fines of 12,500 euros per illegal posting. This means Airbnb could end up paying 12.5 million euros, which comes to $14.2 million.

Reuters reported that France is Airbnb’s second-largest market after the United States. Paris, one of the most visited cities in the world, is its biggest single market, with around 65,000 homes listed.

Paris is absolutely serious about the 2018 law. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, “The goal is to send a shot across the bows to get it over with unauthorized rentals spoil some Parisian neighborhoods.” It appears that Airbnb may have to pay the fine if it wants to continue it’s business in Paris.

A spokeswoman for Airbnb told Reuters that the company implemented measures to help Paris users of its website comply with European rules. The spokeswoman said the rules in Paris were “inefficient, disproportionate and in contravention of European rules.”

This problem could have been entirely prevented if Airbnb paid attention to the Paris rule regarding short-term rentals and advertisements. I think Airbnb will have difficulty convincing a court that it did not break the Paris law.

If Airbnb ends up not being allowed to continue its business in Paris – it could potentially result in good things for the people who live in the city. CityLab reported about a study that found that spikes in Airbnb listings were strongly linked to rent increases in some of the largest US metro areas. Rent increases tend to make it very hard for low-income people to find affordable housing.

Perhaps this was what the mayor of Paris meant when she said that unauthorized rentals spoil some Parisian neighborhoods.

Vivint Partners with AirBnB at CES

Vivint logoVivint has been a leader in smart home technology for years. It was only a matter of time before the company partnered with AirBnB to provide tools to hosts who rent out rooms thru the service. Todd had a chat with Trevor inside of Vivint’s booth (which is really more of a home than a typical CES booth) at CES.

Trevor explained how Vivint has developed a range of tools that will be useful to AirBnB hosts:

  • Hosts can use a Vivint smart door lock to issue unique pass codes to renters so there’s no worries about keys, and hosts won’t have to be on site when renters arrive
  • Vivint’s products can monitor and manage security and energy of the property during the rental period
  • Using a connected doorbell camera, hosts can confirm the identities of renters and see how many people are actually in their parties

Pricing for Vivint products varies. For more information, visit their website.

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