Airbnb bans people under 25 from renting nearby homes in UK, France and Spain to end wild parties

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Rental giant HOLIDAY Airbnb has banned people under 25 from renting entire properties near homes in the UK, France and Spain – and that’s to prevent them from throwing wild parties.

In general, anyone over the age of 18 can rent short-term accommodation on the site.

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In the past, 0.03% of stays have resulted in a significant “host guarantee request,” the company said. Credit: Alamy

But starting today, new rules will limit bookings of entire homes by guests under 25 in their area.

The crackdown follows a series of high-profile lockdown breaches where revelers have staged rallies that violate rules secured by Covid.

To qualify for a nearby rental, customers under 25 must have more than three positive reviews on their account.

They can still book private and hotel rooms on Airbnb, regardless of how close their location is.

Today’s announcement follows a series of steps the platform has taken to crack down on anti-social behavior and unauthorized parties.

Similar pilots in the United States and Canada have reduced the number of unauthorized parties, the company said.

Young bookers are still allowed to book any type of ad outside their region.

The app has been criticized in the past for “party houses”.

In June last year, 100 revelers descended on a rented apartment on London’s posh Street – although the revelers didn’t damage much, some tenants may find their homes ransacked.

Separately, a property mogul also sued the company for £ 723,000 after its luxury mansion in Chelsea was ransacked by 500 revelers.

In the past 0.03% of stays resulted in a situation where hosts have claimed damage caused by guests.

Director of Public Policy Patrick Robinson said: “We want everyone to enjoy the summer safely and while the overwhelming majority of our platform’s customers are responsible neighbors, we are absolutely committed to obstructing and removing anyone intending to to induce antisocial behavior.

“We want to do everything we can to be good partners for the communities where the hosts live and we hope our new restriction will make it clear that there is no home for unauthorized third parties on Airbnb.”

The company is also rolling out its summer safety campaign this week, which will give hosts advice on how to prepare for guests during the coronavirus in the midst of a busy summer season.

CEO Brian Chesky tweeted that the company would take action to “combat unauthorized parties and get rid of abusive conduct by hosts and guests.”

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