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Airbnb officially bans all parties ahead of July 4

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Airbnb Inc. codified its party ban into its policy, which goes into effect July 4, on Tuesday after releasing new anti-party data for Michigan.

The ban, launched in August 2020 to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, placed a temporary ban on all parties and events at rental properties globally. Airbnb also began imposing stricter limits to counter persistent nuisance claims in the neighborhood.

A 24/7 neighborhood support hotline was launched in the U.S. and Canada to communicate directly with the neighborhoods where listings are located.

"(It's) a forum for neighbors to flag for Airbnb in real-time if they spot a party in progress at a home that they believe is listed on Airbnb," according to a news release from Airbnb in May.

Upon being reported, Airbnb's safety team will work with law enforcement where appropriate to take action against those responsible for the party, according to the release.

Additionally, a 16-person limit was placed on all listings and restrictions were placed on guests under the age of 25 with no history of positive reviews.

The company reported a 44 percent year-after-year drop in the rate of party reports since implementing the policy. In Michigan specifically, that was a 37 percent year-over-year drop in the rate of party reports.

Unfortunate instances are still bound to occur. In April, a suburban home in Houston was rented for a 16-year-old's birthday party. The night ended in a 23-second, 40-shot gun battle resulting in one injury.

Over the July 4th weekend in 2021, the company reported that 126,000 guests without positive reviews were "impacted" by the anti-party policy.

As a result of the success, Airbnb will be reinstituting its anti-party measures for this year's Fourth of July weekend and expanding it to include Memorial Day weekend for the first time.

Over both holiday weekends, guests without a history of positive reviews will be prohibited from making one-night reservations in entire-home listings. Two-night reservations will be judged closely as well.

The company is also introducing anti-party attestations to guests attempting to make local reservations. Guests must affirm they understand the party ban and its implications, and if they break those rules they may be subject to legal action from Airbnb Inc.

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