Airbnb will use a new tool to control party bans

The company announced Tuesday that it has launched technology that will examine a prospective tenant’s history on the Airbnb platform and assess how far they live from the home they are considering renting, whether the home is a weekday or weekend rental, and other factors.

Airbnb has announced that the verification system it is starting to use in the United States and Canada, has been trialled since last October in parts of Australia, where the number of illegal parties has dropped by 35 per cent.

The San Francisco-based company says the new technology is designed to prevent a reservation request from a customer it thinks may have plans to host a party from even reaching the property’s landlord.

Airbnb said people who won’t be allowed to rent out an entire house will be able to reserve a single room because the host is likely to be nearby.

Airbnb has been under increasing pressure to limit parties since 2019, when the Halloween party San Francisco in the suburbs, five people died in shootings.

The following year, Airbnb announced a global ban on parties in rental properties on its platform, banning under-25s from renting out all homes near where they live unless the platform already has positive reviews for such tenants.

The party ban was initially used as a temporary health measure during the pandemic, but it went into effect on a permanent basis in June.

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