Airbnb suspends more than 40 listings to "crackdown" on party houses in Ontario

Sep 21 2020, 3:29 pm

Airbnb suspends over 40 listings in Ontario in an effort to “crackdown” on party houses in the province.

On Monday, the company said that the listings received complaints that violated their policies on parties and events, therefore suspending them from the Airbnb platform.

“The vast majority of hosts in Ontario contribute positively to their neighbourhoods and economy, and they also take important steps to prevent unauthorized parties – like establishing clear house rules, quiet hours, and communicating in advance with their guests,” the release said.

“Our actions today address the very small minority of hosts who have previously received warnings about hosting responsibly or have otherwise violated our policies.”

According to Airbnb, the actions were communicated to the host last week. The suspensions took place in the following cities: Barrie, Belleville, Brampton, Caledon Village, Georgina, Hamilton, London, Markham, Mississauga, Norfolk County, Northumberland County, Ottawa, Peterborough, Prince Edward County, Quinte West, Richmond Hill, Toronto, and West Nipissing.

“We all need to do our part to reduce the number of large parties and events, and we support the efforts of local officials to crackdown on this reckless behaviour,” Nathan Rotman, Airbnb’s Public Policy Manager in Canada, said.

In March 2020, the company launched a 24/7 Neighbourhood Support Hotline in Canada, where neighbours can call a hotline with their concerns. And issues raised by residents through this hotline led directly to many of the listing suspensions announced today.

“By bringing greater awareness to our 24/7 neighbourhood support hotline we can continue to strengthen the enforcement of violations of our party ban policy throughout Ontario and across Canada.”

Earlier this year Airbnb announced restrictions on some bookings of local entire home listings by Canadian guests under the age of 25.

So if a 20-year old guest who is located in Waterloo, wants to book a place, the company’s systems are set up to restrict that user from booking a house, apartment or other entire home listing in Waterloo for a one-night reservation the following weekend unless they have a history of positive reviews on Airbnb.

However, if that same 20 year-old is booking a stay to visit family in Ottawa, the restriction would not apply.


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