Airbnb rolled out a new “anti-party” technology to prevent guests from holding a loud gathering that has affected Central Florida and some neighborhoods around the country.
Ben Breit, a spokesman for Airbnb’s safety and security, said the company unveiled automatic identification tools last week and is already using them to detect suspicious bookings at places where hosts rent out entire homes. . The rollout of the new system comes after Airbnb officially adopted a no-party policy this June.
Parties of Osceola County rental properties, including Airbnbs, have posed a problem for owners and neighbors in areas near Disney World and Kissimmee in recent years. The County Sheriff’s Office began efforts to stop these parties in 2020.
Breit said Airbnb’s technology looks at factors that may be associated with an unauthorized party and deters potential guests from making reservations. These include account history, such as a review of past stays, the age of the account and the age of the guest, and the circumstances of the reservation, such as its length and distance from the guest.
“If you’ve been on stage for a while as a guest and have a lot of positive reviews, you’re unlikely to be impressed that way,” Breit said.
Guests who are prohibited from booking a full house by the system can still book other types of stay, such as a private room or hotel room in an authorized residence. He said listings for private rooms in Central Florida are plentiful.
“If you’re trying to throw a rogue party, you probably won’t get very excited because people generally don’t shy away from rogue parties on the stage where the host is,” Breitt said.
The proprietary technology is based on years of research and pilot programs, but “no system is perfect,” Breit said. Therefore, users can contact the Airbnb support team if they believe that their valid reservation was blocked by mistake.
The hosts have supported the initiative, Breit said.
“They don’t want disruptive, unauthorized parties to be happening on their property for a variety of reasons, including the potential for property damage. [y] Respect for your neighbours,” he said. “The reason to invest in these technologies is, in many ways, as a service to our hosts.”
The move is Airbnb’s latest move to prevent people from using the site to rent space for parties and events.
In late 2019, the company began banning listed properties for the purpose of hosting “chronic party houses,” or parties, after five people were killed at a Halloween party at a rented home in California. It also launched a Neighborhood Support Line for neighbors to report problems directly to the company.
The platform temporarily banned parties and events from all listings in August 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That same year, Airbnb began limiting short-term stays around important dates such as holidays and barring some guests under the age of 25 from booking entire homes where they live if they had positive reviews. There was no track record.
“it is [nuevo sistema] It’s actually a lot stronger and a lot more sophisticated, but also accurate,” Breit said.
Since Airbnb began this action in 2019, it has removed “many listings” in Central Florida and throughout the state where hosts were renting homes for parties, Breit said. As a result, reported parties on Airbnb properties have declined by more than 70% year over state statewide since the 2020 ban, compared to a 44% drop globally.
According to the company, about 250,000 guests signed up for Airbnb rentals in Orlando in the first half of 2022.
Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Guido said the agency had not been notified of any issues with parties at the vacation rental in recent years other than potential noise complaints.
Osceola County Police encountered problems with block parties at the Kissimi Vacation Home in 2020, prompting the sheriff’s office to begin patrolling some neighborhoods.
Agency spokeswoman Nirva Rodriguez said the patrol team, along with the sheriff’s office working with the homeowners, were able to stop the parties.
“There are still some places where there is an occasional large house party, although tenants are more aware of past issues and have placed more emphasis on security and transportation services,” Rodriguez said in a statement.