Unplanned parties in accommodations rented through the Airbnb service are becoming a problem. The company is looking for its own ways to overcome such situations. In the US and Canada, the service is launching a pilot technology that should help fight against users who have been spotted in such cases.
The technology provides monitoring of users by their history of orders, reviews of landlords, time of stay, and distance from the service user’s own home to the rented house. The rules also stipulate that users under the age of 25 will not be able to rent an entire unit that is close to their home until they receive at least three positive reviews.
Those users who can potentially host a party in a rental property without the owner’s agreement will be flagged by the system. They will still be able to use the service, but will only be able to book a room since the owner will most likely be in the house.
This, of course, will not be able to prevent all parties, but it helps the service to reduce the number of such cases. Previously, testing began in October last year in Australia, where cases of uncoordinated parties in rented accommodation decreased by 35%. Last year, the company banned 6,600 users who violated the rules and organized gatherings (the service has 150 million users in total).
Airbnb started fighting parties in 2019. Since then, there have been several incidents where several people have been killed due to conflicts at such gatherings. Also, COVID-19 became an additional reason for banning parties. Since the ban began, the company has seen a 44 percent year-over-year drop in reports about parties.