On Thursday, vacation rental company Airbnb announced the launch of a pilot program. This takes effect in the UK, France, and Spain. It is a restriction that prohibits guests under the age of 25 from renting out entire homes “in their local area.”
“Airbnb has today launched a new pilot restriction to crackdown on antisocial behaviour and reduce unauthorised parties,” the company said in its announcement. It aims “to protect the safety of everyone using Airbnb this summer.”
The statement added that this restriction intents to protect local communities. The company wants to do so “while still allowing younger guests to book listings outside of their local area.”
Restriction to Protect People
#BestPractices ✅#WTTCMember @Airbnb has launched a pilot program 'Airbnb for Doctors & Nurses' to help medical professionals in #Italy 🇮🇹 access free accommodation provided by hosts, as they fight the unprecedented #COVID19 outbreak.
— WTTC (@WTTC) March 23, 2020
Fox Business reported that news of the pilot program comes over a month after the company launched a similar initiative. The company implemented similar programs earlier in the U.S. after successful tests in Canada.
Airbnb wants “everyone to enjoy the summer safely,” according to Patrick Robinson, Airbnb’s director of public policy. “While the overwhelming majority of guests on our platform are responsible neighbors, we are absolutely determined to obstruct and weed-out anyone intent on causing antisocial behavior,” he then added.
“We want to do everything we can to be good partners to the communities where hosts live,” he then added. He also said that they hope the rules make it “abundantly clear” that no place exists for unauthorized parties on Airbnb.”
The new restriction has “cut the number of unauthorized parties,” as per the company. This started happening when it implemented the policy in the U.S. and Canada.
“While the vast majority of stays on Airbnb are for responsible guests and just 0.03% of stays result in a significant Host Guarantee claim, Airbnb is committed to being good partners to communities and today’s announcement follows a series of measures taken by the platform to clampdown on antisocial behavior and unauthorized parties,” the company also wrote in a media release.
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