Over the last year, Airbnb has been blocking short-term rentals if there is any suspicion that the rentee could be planning on hosting a large party.
Ben Breit who is the head of trust and safety communication for Airbnb said, “If you are under the age of 25 and you don’t have a history of positive reviews, we will not allow you to book an entire home listing local to where you live."
More than 2,600 people in Denver have had their reservations blocked or redirected if they were marked as potential "risk."
A young adult that is trying to rent in a distant city or renting a smaller space won't be blocked. This is happening because Denver starting more complaints in the first few months of 2021 than it did overall in 2020. Denver does have some of the strictest rules in the country when it comes to short-term rentals as it requires hosts to live in the property, not just rent it out.
According to Eric Escudero, Denver’s director of communications in Excise and Licenses, “Requiring a home to be a primary residence also often leads to more responsible short-term renters because they are at the property and prevent loud parties that disturb neighborhoods from occurring. We believe we have one of the most successfully regulated short-term rental markets in America,”
Eric estimates that Denver's compliance rate for licensing is around 80%. Over this past Fourth of July weekend, Airbnb cracked down even more. U.S. guests who lacked a history of positive reviews couldn't make a one-night reservation of a home listing over the weekend whether or not the rental was local.
Airbnb is teaming up with VRBO to block repeat "party house" offenders to make sure that they don't just jump onto another platform to book their stay.
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