Party crash: Airbnb blocked 3,800 ‘risky’ reservations in Austin area over last year

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Just ahead of the July 4 weekend, Airbnb revealed the company blocked or redirected nearly 3,800 potential parties or risky reservations in the Austin area over the last year.

The rental company introduced new restrictions and a party ban last year to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Anyone under the age of 25, with a history of bad reviews, were banned from certain bookings to stop unauthorized parties.

For the July 4 weekend, guests in the U.S., who do not have a history of positive reviews on Airbnb, are prohibited from making one night reservations for entire home listings. Airbnb says this ban is regardless of whether or not it’s a local booking.

Airbnb says its party ban will be extended through at least the end of Summer 2021.

Recently, Airbnb partnered with Vrbo on the Community Integrity Program, which is an initiative aimed at sharing information on listings and slow repeated “party house” offenders.

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