France – Airbnb: 240,000 bookings blocked to avoid illegal parties

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In one year, the tourist rental platform has done everything so that we do not take advantage of its service to organize gatherings prohibited by health measures.

Many 25-year-old users have attempted to rent property near their homes to have no-go parties.

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The Airbnb tourist rental platform announced on August 31 that it had “blocked or redirected” the reservation attempts of more than 240,000 people in France in one year, in accordance with its voluntary commitment to avoid illegal parties.

With the coronavirus crisis, the site explicitly banned in August 2020 and “until further notice” the organization of parties and other events in all Airbnb accommodations. Their capacity is also limited to 16 people. Since then, the platform automatically blocks bookings of entire accommodation for users under the age of 25 who have less than three positive comments, when the place of booking is close to their home.

53,000 reservations blocked in Paris

The proximity criterion is intentionally kept secret to prevent certain users from circumventing it, Airbnb told AFP. In a press release that takes stock of the measure, the platform estimates that nearly 53,000 people were prevented from making a reservation in Paris because of this device, more than 7,000 in Marseille and more than 4,000 in Bordeaux. The accounts of affected customers, however, are not blocked, said Airbnb, and nothing therefore prevents them from booking accommodation further away or a private room.

This system is part of a series of commitments made by Airbnb last February, after the development by the Minister of Housing Emmanuelle Wargon, associations of local authorities and 30 towns, cities and metropolises, of a “roadmap on furnished tourist accommodation ”for better regulation of the sector. It is in addition to an already existing assistance service, which allows neighbors to alert the platform online in the event of noise pollution or parties.

(AFP)

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