Airbnb blocking some rentals over Halloween to halt parties

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Airbnb will prohibit one-night rentals over Halloween weekend as part of its ongoing effort to crack down on party houses …

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Airbnb will prohibit one-night rentals over Halloween weekend as part of its ongoing effort to crack down on party houses

Airbnb said it will also look more closely at two- and three-night reservations during Halloween. A guest may be denied, for example, if they try to book a whole home close to their own home during that period and they don’t have a history of positive reviews on Airbnb.

Airbnb has taken a series of steps to crack down on parties since last year’s shooting. Last November, it started manually reviewing U.S. and Canadian reservations to weed out suspicious rentals.

The company’s efforts have intensified as it prepares for an initial public stock offering, which could come later this year.

Airbnb has also warned guests and hosts that it could take legal action against violators. In August, for the first time, it started legal proceedings against a guest who held an unauthorized house party in Sacramento, California.

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