Airbnb permanently bans ‘parties’ after restrictions on short-term rentals in Arizona

By Peter Valencia | AZFamily

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — The world’s largest short-term rental service has instituted a permanent ban on parties and major events after initially launching a temporary ban nearly two years ago.

“The temporary ban has proved effective, and today we are officially codifying the ban as our policy,” said Airbnb in a news release on Tuesday. Since the ban was introduced, the company said it saw a 44 percent year-over-year drop in parties being reported. In Arizona, the company saw a 55 percent year-over-year drop.

Valley-wide frustrations

Several Valley cities have been voicing concerns about short-term rentals after loud, dangerous, and/or destructive parties often created havoc in otherwise quiet suburban neighborhoods. In 2020, the company took the unusual step to prevent bookings under certain circumstances as Airbnb hosts and communities around the country complained about nuisances and violence.

Last year, Airbnb said its “anti-party” system and restrictions blocked 11,000 bookings in Arizona. And in February, Arizona’s Family reported that 70 listings in popular tourist destinations like Phoenix, Flagstaff, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, and Sedona were taken down.

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