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Airbnb makes ban on party houses permanent

Airbnb is making permanent its ban on parties at homes listed on the site for short-term rentals.

Company will, however, lift limit of 16 people at rented properties

Airbnb is making permanent a temporary ban on party houses on its platform. (John MacDougall/Getty Images)

Airbnb is making permanent its ban on parties at homes listed on the site for short-term rentals.

The San Francisco-based company believes the ban has worked, saying Tuesday that reports of parties at listed properties have dropped 44 per cent from a year ago.

More than 6,600 guests were suspended last year for related violations, Airbnb said.

Airbnb began to crack down on parties in 2019 after a fatal shooting at a party in a house in California. At that time, the company prohibited advertising parties at Airbnb locations on social media.

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The number of parties at Airbnb locations increased during the pandemic, the company said, as people moved gatherings from bars and clubs to rented homes. That led to a temporary ban in 2020.

While making the ban permanent, Airbnb said it will lift a limit of 16 people at rented properties. It said the cap was prompted by health concerns before vaccines against COVID-19 were available.

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