- More than 800 UK listings removed or suspended in party house crackdown
- More than 13,500 booking requests blocked following new pilot restrictions
- “Zero tolerance” warning issued as UK enters second lockdown
Airbnb is today announcing that it has removed or suspended more than 800 listings in the UK following a crackdown on so-called ‘party houses’. The number includes listings that have received complaints or violated policies on parties and unauthorised events, which are explicitly banned on Airbnb.
To further crackdown on antisocial behaviour, Airbnb has also blocked more than 13,500 UK reservation attempts in 1 month following the introduction of pilot restrictions that prevent some bookings by under-25-year-olds close to the place where they live.
The figures follow the introduction of a series of measures by Airbnb to get tough on anti-social behaviour, including a global party ban, pilot booking restrictions and the launch of the Airbnb’s Neighbour Tool, where neighbours can share concerns about listings in their communities directly with Airbnb for investigation.
Issues raised by UK residents through this portal led directly to many of the listing suspensions announced today.
“We want to be clear beyond doubt that we have zero tolerance for antisocial behaviour on Airbnb,” said Patrick Robinson, Director of Public Policy at Airbnb. “The vast majority of hosts and guests are good neighbours and we are determined to weed-out bad actors. Our measures are working and as the UK goes back into lockdown, our priority is to be good partners to communities and to help everyone stay safe.”
Yesterday Airbnb announced that it is again restricting bookings in England to help everyone follow the rules and stay safe during lockdown. From today, new bookings made for stays until Wednesday 2 December in England will be subject to the new temporary restrictions to help keep communities safe.