Airbnb has made its temporary ban on hosting parties and events permanent, two years after the home-sharing company put it in place to abide by social distancing restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Over time, the party ban became much more than a public health measure,” said the company in a blog post. “It developed into a bedrock community policy to support our Hosts and their neighbors.”
In 2021, Airbnb revealed that it suspended roughly 6,600 guest accounts for violating the party ban, a mere fraction of its user base, as it reportedly has more than 150 million users. Overall, the ban reduced the number of party reports at listed properties by 44% from the year before.
While the ban prohibits “all disruptive parties and events,” which are often the source of complaints from neighbors, the company has lifted its 16-person occupancy limit that was originally introduced in 2020. According to Airbnb, the company decided to remove its occupancy limit as plenty of properties can comfortably host more than 16 people, and many of these are used for “multi-generational family trips and larger groups.”
The company’s decision to police the hosting of parties at listed parties has been something that has been in the works for a while now. For example, in early 2020, Airbnb removed its “event-friendly” search filter and the option for listings to be marked as “parties and events allowed.” The company also looked to ban parties for the first time after a 2019 incident where five people died in a shooting during a 100-plus person Halloween party at an Airbnb rental in Orinda, California.