On Wednesday, the home-share company declared that it will adopt “strong anti-party measures” for the first time for Memorial Day weekend and that it will repeat the policy for July 4th weekend, which was effective last year.
Airbnb will also require guests booking in their own neighborhoods to sign an “anti-party attestation,” in which they must “affirmatively attest that they understand that Airbnb forbids parties and that if they break the rule, they may be liable to legal action from the company.”
Commenting about the move, the company assured that it does not take such steps lightly.
“We do not take these measures lightly. Both Memorial Day and the 4th of July are meaningful weekends that allow our Hosts to facilitate all kinds of responsible travelers including families,” the company wrote in a statement.
The new policy, which applies to bookings in the US, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands will also prohibit users from booking a home for only one night and will also have an impact on those who have no reviews.
“We also understand that the simple fact of not yet having reviews does not mean that a guest is trying to throw a party — this is a trade-off we are willing to make in the interest of trust and safety.”
Regular Airbnb visitors with a history of favorable ratings, on the other hand, will not be affected by these restrictions, the company said.
All of these actions began in 2019 after a tragic shooting at a rental home in California. Airbnb then promised to enforce stricter rules on house parties.
Since then, Airbnb has restricted bookings for numerous holidays, including Halloween in 2020 and New Year’s Eve in 2021.