What you need to know about Airbnb’s new booking policy for Halloween

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Airbnb definitely doesn’t want people renting properties on their site for the purpose of having parties. First they dated a worldwide ban on parties in August. Then they instituted a policy that prevents people from making last minute reservations in their hometown. Now Airbnb has issued new guidelines for Halloween rentals, which focuses on – you guessed it – holiday prevention. Here’s what you need to know.

Restrictions d’Halloween

From October 2, Airbnb ceased to allow overnight bookings for full real estate listings on Friday October 30 and Saturday October 31, anywhere in the United States or Canada.

If you are able to make a one night whole house reservation for the 30th or 31st before this new policy goes into effect, Airbnb will cancel the reservation and refund you. the the company indicted that it will absorb the reimbursement fee, ensuring that hosts are still paid for canceled reservations.

Here is the reasoning behind the new policy, by an Airbnb statement:

The vast majority of guests are respectful of our hosts’ homes and neighbors, and we understand that this move will disrupt many overnight bookings that may not have led to parties. This action is designed to help protect our hosts and the communities in which they live. We will also be introducing additional measures to supplement the two night minimum in an effort to stop as many large gatherings as possible.

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Additional precautions for Halloween

And that’s not all: Airbnb also announced the following precautions Before the holidays:

  • As Halloween weekend approaches, we plan to roll out tighter restrictions on two and three night bookings which may pose increased risk for the holidays. For example, we’ll take advantage of our technology that restricts some local and last-minute bookings by customers with no history of positive Airbnb reviews, and also block bookings within an expanded radius.
  • Additionally, as the weekend approaches, we plan to remind guests with successful bookings between October 28 and November 1 that parties are not allowed on listings. They will also need to certify that they understand they may be subject to removal from Airbnb or legal action if they violate Airbnb’s terms. party rules.
  • In the event that individuals are able to avoid Airbnb’s defenses and host parties, trained agents Airbnb Neighborhood Hotline will be on call throughout the weekend to respond quickly to problems raised by neighbors.

So if you’re having a Halloween party you might want to rethink your plans, whether or not they involve booking an overnight stay on an Airbnb – we’re still in the middle of a pandemic and gatherings aren’t. may not be the best decisions from a public health perspective.

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