Airbnb launches anti-party campaign for summer vacation

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — Airbnb, a vacation rental company, announced Thursday that it will launch an anti-party campaign for summer vacation.

According to a press release, the company will conduct enhanced screening for renters wishing to book a reservation for Memorial Day weekend or July 4 weekend. Guests without a history of positive reviews will be barred from making a one-night booking and more restrictions will be in place for guests wishing to make a two-night booking.

“Protecting the hosts is really, I mean they are our partners. That’s the name of the game. We are nothing without our hosts. They get down to business. They welcome guests and the hosts don’t want that parties take place,” said Ben Breit, director of trust and safety communications for Airbnb.

Branden Whitehurst, a short-term rental host in Charlotte, said he liked the company taking action to prevent parties.

“I really appreciate it because I don’t want bad apples, you know?” I like good apple pie. I don’t want rotten apples in my apple pie. I don’t want bad guests in my Airbnb!” said Whitehurst.

The 2022 summer vacation crackdown isn’t Airbnb’s first attempt to limit partying at rental properties.

According to Thursday’s press release, more than 850 people were deterred from booking entire property listings over the July 4, 2021 holiday weekend due to the company’s defensive measures.

In 2019, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department advocated for hosts to register their rental properties with the agency, noting that officers responded to dozens of calls during short-term rentals. In June of that year, a fatal shooting even occurred at a party at a short-term rental.

Whitehurst said he believed some unauthorized parties were inevitable, but tenants should show respect.

“Yeah, we can have a good time, but let’s not exaggerate. If you invite me to your house to have a good time, I will treat your house like my own house,” the Charlotte host said.

Breit said Airbnb would consider taking legal action against guests who host unauthorized parties.

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