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Airbnb house party crackdown; company suspends, removes more than 2-dozen listings

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Posted at 1:01 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 13:01:30-05

CLEVELAND — Airbnb announced Thursday afternoon that 25 listings in Cleveland have been either suspended or removed from the service as part of a crackdown on house parties.

Airbnb said it suspended or removed listings that it had received complaints about as well as listings that violated its company policies.

“We all have a role to play in reducing the number of parties and large gatherings during the pandemic,” said Alex Dagg, Northeast public policy director for Airbnb. “We hope to raise greater awareness of our 24/7 neighbor support line, which helps us strengthen the enforcement of our ban on parties in Cleveland and across Ohio.”

Similar measures were also taken Thursday in Columbus and Cincinnati, the company said.

The crackdown followed a global party ban issued by the company earlier this year. Back in August, Airbnb announced that its capped occupancy at 16 for listings as well as made a restriction on reservations for guests under 25 years old.

“The vast majority of hosts in Cleveland and throughout Ohio contribute positively to their neighborhoods and economy, and they also take important steps to help prevent unauthorized parties—like establishing clear house rules, quiet hours, and communicating in advance with their guests,” the company said. “Our actions today address the small minority of hosts who have previously received warnings about hosting responsibly or have otherwise violated our policies.”

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