Phoenix (3TV / CBS 5)- Airbnb issued a warning before Halloween weekend, banning the party from listing in Arizona.
The warning reminds users that the company may take legal action against guests who violate Airbnb’s rules prohibiting gatherings. Airbnb also announced that it will not allow any one-night bookings on the entire list of houses in Arizona and throughout the United States and Canada on holiday weekends.
The ban is actually to ease the spread of the coronavirus during the seemingly surge in cases in Arizona.
Ben Breit of AirBnB said: “What we are doing is that we are not allowed to make any one night bookings in the entire list of houses. Therefore, this weekend, it will be at least two nights.”
Guests who require bookings for two days or more this weekend must confirm that they understand that if they violate party rules, they may be dismissed by Airbnb or taken legal action.
Brett said they believe this is the right approach to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We can’t do this alone, can we? It’s not like all the big gatherings that are happening on Airbnb, it’s happening everywhere, but we definitely feel that we can make a difference, we can help, that’s it. . “
Guests who booked a night this weekend, even if they never planned to host a party, their plans will be disrupted. But Brett said those guests had refunded the money.
Brett said: “We know this disrupted the plans of some of our guests, of course we refunded all of them. “Any Arizona host who received a reservation, a whole day of reservations, these reservations were cancelled, but they Still paying from Airbnb’s pocket, just to cause you inconvenience. “
Airbnb’s host Mark Beauvais, who owns three properties, said he was not surprised that the short-term rental company received this notice. As early as July, Airbnb suspended or deleted more than 50 listings to crack down on gathering places.
The police from the three departments in the valley told the CBS 5 investigation that they saw short-term rents and attracting parties as a growing public safety issue.
Beauvais said: “This is clearly a painful statement. We may have noticed the past few weeks.”
Boves said that a one-night reservation usually attracts his attention.
Beauvais said: “We are always looking for red flags. These things will lead us to evil activities. This is an obvious sign.” “It is not the case. I think vacation apartments are clubs or animal houses. I think this is still Less than half of what happens in the vacation world.”
Airbnb also provides tips to Arizona hosts on how to protect their property from unauthorized parties.
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