Airbnb banishes "party houses"

Airbnb banishes “party houses”

After mortal shots in an Airbnb rented apartment in California, the booking portal will no longer offer “party houses”. In addition, a “reaction team” should be able to intervene immediately in the event of rule violations.

The booking platform Airbnb is seeing consequences from the deadly Halloween celebration in the state of California and announcing that it will take away “party houses”. “From today we banish ‘party houses’,” said Airbnb boss Brian Chesky in the online service Twitter.

The company will double its “efforts to combat unauthorized parties and get rid of abusive behavior by hosts and guests.” To do so, “high-risk reservations” would be increasingly audited using Airbnb’s “risk-detection technology”. 

In addition, a special “party house reaction team” created, which could intervene immediately in case of violations of the rules, announced the head of Airbnb further. “We have to do better and we will.”

Five dead and several injured

At a Halloween party in a wealthy neighborhood in the city of Orinda, five people were shot dead, police said. Several were injured. More than 100 people had come to the Halloween party in the Airbnb-rented house after announcing the celebration in online networks.

The owner of the house in Orinda, where the violence had occurred, did not know anything about the planned party. Michael Wang told the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper that he had rented his house to a woman who told him she was organizing a family reunion for a dozen people.

In the evening he was then called by neighbors and could see through the camera on the doorbell that there were many more people. “We called the police,” Wang said. The officers were still on their way when the shots were fired.

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