If you’ve thrown a shindig at an Airbnb, you know that the rules are generally pretty loose. But all of this is about to change. Airbnb is taking steps to discourage parties at their properties, in the wake of a shooting that killed five people at a San Francisco Airbnb rental on Halloween.
On Thursday, Airbnb announced that it’s banning “open invite parties” at all accommodations — that means parties open to anyone, and advertised on social media. The ban also applies to large parties at apartment buildings and condos.
According to an Airbnb press release, “This policy does not impact parties that are authorized by hosts and convened respectfully by guests. Instead, our goal with this new policy is to address the small number of guests who act irresponsibly and those rare hosts whose homes become persistent neighborhood nuisances.”
Hosts are being asked to update their listings to comply with the ban. Other new guest behavior rules include a one-warning policy for excessive noise and messiness, and unauthorized guests, parking, or smoking. Additional violations will result in the suspension of the offenders’ Airbnb accounts.
The changes will go into effect in early 2020.