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Airbnb's 'Party Pooper' Has Had Great Success

Algorithms can spot when to block risky bookings

(Newser) - Airbnb head of trust and safety Naba Banerjee might be a world champion in thwarting parties. Banerjee—described by CNBC as a "proud party pooper"—helped reduce reports of parties at Airbnbs by 55% over two years. A reservation screening system introduced in May has already blocked 320,...

Airbnb: Call the Police On Loud Rental Home Parties

The short-term rental giant expects 300 million bookings this year

(Newser) - Airbnb is trying to crack down on disruptive parties this summer, especially over the Memorial Day and July 4th weekends, reports Quartz . And one big part of the strategy is having neighbors snitch on partying renters, per CBS News . In a blog post, Airbnb announced a “party prevention system,...

Toddler Fatally Exposed to Fentanyl at Airbnb, Family Says

Now family is suing Airbnb, property owner over the tragedy

(Newser) - Using Airbnb, the Lavenir family booked a lake house in an affluent neighborhood in Florida's Palm Beach County for a vacation in August 2021. The day after they arrived, one of their five children was dead. Now, the family, who live on a French island in the Caribbean, are...

Airbnb Oddity: 700 Pounds of Acorns Stashed in Wall

A couple of very industrious critters caused a little trouble at a California rental

(Newser) - Sometimes when you walk into an Airbnb, you don't want to know what its previous occupants have been up to. And sometimes once you know, there's no unknowing. In the case of a two-story house in Glen Ellen, California, the previous occupants had been very busy, but in...

Airbnb: No More 'Unreasonable' Tasks Before Checkout

Hosts can no longer ask guests to vacuum before leaving, company says

(Newser) - Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky says the company has heard consumer complaints "loud and clear"—and it is making changes including the elimination of "unreasonable" tasks before checkout. In a thread posted on Twitter Monday, Chesky said hosts would no longer be able to ask guests to perform...

Airbnb Is Making Its Ban on Parties Permanent

Violators could face 'serious consequences'

(Newser) - Airbnb is making its ban on parties at homes listed on the site for short-term rentals permanent. The San Francisco company believes the ban has worked, saying Tuesday that reports of parties at listed properties have dropped 44% from a year ago. More than 6,600 guests were suspended last...

Airbnb Cleaning Fees Rise, Along With Tempers
Frustration Builds Over
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Frustration Builds Over Airbnb Cleaning Fees

Platform testing changes to address fee increases blamed on inflation, pandemic

(Newser) - In a recent TikTok video highlighted by Bored Panda , an Airbnb user complained that she was asked to pay $229 per night for a short-term accommodation plus a $125 cleaning fee, even though she was asked to clean before checkout. That's not unusual. Actually, a cleaning fee can be...

11 People Shot During Airbnb Party

No arrests yet in Pittsburgh; two juveniles were killed

(Newser) - A second mass shooting in the US is making headlines this weekend. Police in Pittsburgh say two young males—both juveniles—were fatally shot and nine others were wounded when gunfire broke out at an Airbnb party Saturday night, reports the Post-Gazette . In a statement , the city's department of...

Airbnb Bookings Are Popular in Ukraine, for Unusual Reason

People in the US and elsewhere are grabbing them as a way to donate

(Newser) - The idea of booking an Airbnb rental in Ukraine at the moment may sound nuts. But as it turns out, people in the US and around the world are grabbing openings quickly in Kyiv and elsewhere—not to use them, but as a way to donate money directly to ordinary...

In NYC, Carrie Bradshaw's Apartment Awaits You

Airbnb is renting out replica of 'Sex and the City' brownstone ahead of HBO's reboot of show

(Newser) - If you're already getting excited for HBO's Sex and the City reboot coming next month, think how excited you'll be for the chance to stay in Carrie Bradshaw's apartment, too. Well, a replica of it, at any rate. That's the offer now on the table...

One Landing Place for Afghan Refugees: Airbnb Homes

Hosts to lend a hand in 'one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time'

(Newser) - Airbnb opened the doors of its properties to 20,000 Afghan refugees globally Tuesday and sought assistance from hosts who rent property through the home-sharing company for more free housing for those fleeing the crisis, per the AP . "The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the US and...

Scottie Pippen: Come Watch the Olympics at My House

Retired basketball star offering stays at his Illinois vacation home on Airbnb

(Newser) - You could watch the Tokyo Olympics from Scottie Pippen's home and, in his words, "sleep in my bed." The six-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist has turned to Airbnb to offer three one-night stays at his vacation home in Illinois' Highland Park where fans can...

This Airbnb Team Steps In When Horrible Things Happen

It has a 100-person safety team that spends big money to make problems go away

(Newser) - "Agents have had to hire body-fluid crews to clean blood off carpets, arrange for contractors to cover bullet holes in walls, and deal with hosts who discover dismembered human remains." That's a sentence in a lengthy Bloomberg Businessweek piece by Olivia Carville about agents who work for...

Airbnb Not Cool With Cabin That Banned Vaccinated Guests

Montana cabin listing claimed vaccines 'shed'

(Newser) - Airbnb has stepped in after an eyebrow-raising listing for a Montana cabin surfaced. As revealed by journalist Charlie Warzel on Twitter , the listing said no one who had been vaccinated for COVID-19 was allowed to stay there, because "it has now been scientifically proven and is clearly stated on...

Airbnb Cancels All DC Reservations, Will Pay Hosts Itself

It will block ability to make new bookings for the week of the inauguration as well

(Newser) - It's an Airbnb blackout: The company on Wednesday said it will cancel reservations in the Washington, DC, metro area for the week of Joe Biden's inauguration and prevent new ones from being made. The company on Monday said it was conducting a review of such reservations, reports the...

Ignoring IPO Email Costs Airbnb Hosts

Some hosts cashed in, buying shares at the opening price, and some ignored the offer

(Newser) - Even for hosts, it was easy to overlook an email last month with the subject line "Airbnb's Directed Share Program." That was costly, though. The email was an offer to get in on the company's initial public offering, NPR reports. Airbnb earmarked as many as 3....

Told of Opening Price, Airbnb Boss Is Stumped

Company's valuation more than doubles for IPO

(Newser) - In preparing for its IPO, Airbnb priced its shares at $68. The stock price doubled in premarket trading to open Thursday on the Nasdaq at $146, a development that company co-founder and chief executive officer was not prepared for, Fast Company reports. That puts Airbnb at a market cap of...

As Trump Supporters Converge on DC, Airbnb Takes a Stand

Rental service pulls alleged Proud Boys member's reservation in advance of planned protests Saturday

(Newser) - Last Saturday, the streets of DC filled with people celebrating that the presidential race had been called for Joe Biden. This Saturday, crowds will once more gather, but this time they'll be made up of supporters of President Trump, who still hasn't conceded to President-elect Biden. The Washington ...

Airbnb Moves to Block Halloween Parties

Company has blocked one-night rentals over Halloween weekend

(Newser) - This is the first time since 2001 that there has been a full moon on Halloween—and Airbnb is worried about people using its rentals for parties over the weekend. The company says it has canceled all one-night bookings for Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, at "entire...

Organizers of 700-Person Party Cited Amid Pandemic

New Jersey party definitely violated governor's orders

(Newser) - Safe to say an Airbnb party broken up by New Jersey police Sunday night violated the state's executive order regarding gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. By the time police got there, more than 700 guests were in attendance, with more continuing to arrive, reports. The home's...

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