JERSEY CITY, NJ - In advance of the 4th of July holiday weekend, and with social distancing mandates in full effect in Jersey City, Airbnb announced a major initiative Thursday to combat unauthorized parties in rental properties booked through their platform.
These new restrictions come on the heels of Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky's announcement last year that the company has banned 'party houses' and instituted a 24/7 neighborhood support hotline for neighbors to flag concerns and help us enforce that ban, and days after Jersey City officials announced that there were cracking down on non-compliant short terms rentals causing trouble in local neighborhoods.
Specifically, the online short term rental site is restricting bookings by guests under the age of 25 without a track record of positive reviews. For example, the company said, an 18-year-old who lives in Jersey City and has never had a review on Airbnb would be prevented from booking a large home for one night in Jersey City.
These guests can still book any type of listing outside their local area. All guests under the age of 25 are still free to book private rooms and hotel rooms through Airbnb, regardless of where they live.
Guests with at least three positive reviews and no negative reviews on Airbnb are not subject to this restriction, and are welcome to continue to book entire home listings in their local area, according to the new regulations.
According to a release issued by Airbnb, reducing the number of unauthorized house parties on Airbnb has always been a priority, and it’s more important now than ever. With public health mandates in place throughout the country, Airbnb says they are taking action to support safe and responsible travel in the United States.
Saying that the overwhelming majority of guests treat Airbnb listings like their homes, the press release acknowledged that “There will always be people who work to find ways around our trust and safety protections.”
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