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Airbnb blocked bookings to avoid underground parties

In accordance with its voluntary commitment to avoid underground parties, Airbnb has “blocked or redirected” attempts to book more than 240,000 people in France in one year, the tourist rental platform announced on Tuesday.

With the Covid-19 crisis, the site explicitly banned in August 2020 and “until further notice” the organization of parties and other events in all Airbnb accommodations. Their capacity is also limited to 16 people.

Specific criteria

Since then, the platform automatically blocks bookings of entire accommodation for users under the age of 25 who have less than three positive comments, when the place of booking is close to their home. The proximity criterion is intentionally kept secret to prevent certain users from circumventing it, Airbnb said.

In a press release that takes stock of the measure, the platform estimates that “nearly 53,000” people were prevented from making a reservation in Paris because of this device, “more than 7,000” in Marseille and “more than 4,000” ” in Bordeaux. The accounts of affected customers, however, are not blocked, said Airbnb, and nothing therefore prevents them from booking accommodation further away or a private room.

Regulation of the sector

This system is part of a series of commitments made by Airbnb last February, after the development by the Minister of Housing Emmanuelle Wargon, associations of local authorities and 30 towns, cities and metropolises, of a “roadmap on furnished tourist accommodation ”for better regulation of the sector. It is in addition to an already existing assistance service, which allows neighbors to alert the platform online in the event of noise pollution or parties.

“Thousands of stays take place in France every night, the overwhelming majority of travelers are respectful and attentive to the neighborhood,” said Emmanuel Marill, director of Airbnb in France and Europe, in the group’s statement. When contacted, Airbnb did not wish to give the annual number of reservations for the platform in France.

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