Airbnb Issues a New Directive Around the World
After a temporary measure during the pandemic proved popular with hosts, Airbnb has permanently given a directive on banning parties and events at homes on its platform.
The firm stated that the rule has become "much more than a public health measure" since it was introduced in August 2020.
"It developed into a bedrock community policy to support our hosts and their neighbors," the San Francisco-headquartered firm stated.
However, it also removed a cap on the number of people who can stay at home.
According to Airbnb, the number of complaints about parties has decreased by 44 percent since the measure was implemented.
Exceptions to the global ban may be made in the future for "specialty and traditional hospitality venues," it added.
Airbnb also stated that it would remove a limit on the number of people who can stay in its listings at any given time.
It previously imposed a 16-person occupancy limit due to concerns about the spread of Covid-19.
"Several types of larger homes are capable of comfortably and safely housing more than 16 people - from castles in Europe to vineyards in the US to large beachfront villas in the Caribbean," the firm stated.
"Removing this cap is meant to allow those hosts to responsibly utilize the space in their homes while still complying with our ban on disruptive parties," the firm added.
In 2019, the company began imposing restrictions on parties. It prohibited "open-invite" parties and "chronic party houses," which were a nuisance to neighbors.
During the pandemic, Airbnb imposed a permanent ban on parties "in the best interests of public health."
Last year, over 6,600 guests were also barred from using the platform for violating the rules.
"We look forward to sharing updates in the coming weeks and months on our efforts to complement our community policies on parties," it stated.