Airbnb is to ban so-called “party houses” following the death of five people after a Halloween party shooting at an Airbnb rental in the San Francisco suburb of Orinda.
A statement at the weekend described this as unacceptable, and said the platform will work to “combat unauthorised parties and get rid of abusive host and guest conduct”.
It will expand manual screening of “high risk” reservations, such as those for one single night in a large property, overseen by Airbnb’s vice president of trust and a rapid response team.
The woman who rented the home allegedly lied to her Airbnb host, saying the booking was to allow asthmatic family members to escape wildfire smoke. The owner was suspicious the Halloween rental and said that no parties were allowed; in the end, more than 100 people attended.