After prohibiting parties and events from all Airbnb listings in June 2018, the company is stepping up its anti-party stance and launching new screening tools in Canada and the U.S.
“Anti-party” tech by the firm is an algorithm that identifies potential rule-breakers. It looks at signals such as the history of positive reviews and how long they have been on the platform. The trip length, distance to listing, and weekend booking.
Airbnb stated that the technology is intended to stop bookings being made by people who are not authorized. It will, for example, prevent rule-breakers booking entire properties. Instead, guests will be able to book a single room from listings that have hosts physically present. This makes it harder for guests to host parties without their permission. This technology is an extension to the existing under-25 system that prevents anyone under 25 from booking entire properties.
According to the company, it had positive results from testing the party-preventing algorithm in Australia since last.
Airbnb posted in a blog that a similar version of the system was piloted in Australia in October 2021. It has proven very effective. We have seen a 35% decrease in incidents of unauthorized party in areas where the pilot was in place.”
After many people were murdered at parties hosted by Airbnb properties, the company removed party-houses (properties that were only listed to host events) and created a neighborhood hotline for reporting noisy or disruptive parties. The company implemented an indefinite, no-party policy during COVID-19.
Vivint published a survey last month that showed one fifth of renters violated the no-party rule despite Airbnb’s efforts to curtail such events.
Airbnb reported record bookings for the quarter, with 103 million nights booked. It also stated that it expects record revenue despite economic downturn. This is despite increasing consumer dismay over Airbnb’s recent years with complaints about higher cleaning costs and other hidden fees, which have made Airbnb bookings more expensive than they appear.
Last year , the company defended these charges by saying that it allows users to see all fees involved in booking properties. The company stated that it offers tips for property owners on how to keep cleaning fees affordable, but does not enforce any specific rules.
The Globe and Mail reported that Airbnb booking prices were comparable to Toronto hotel rates per night. Nerdwallet collected data in June from 1,000 U.S. Airbnb rental properties. It found that 34% of those listings had a clearing charge in the range of 20-30% to the base fee.