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Selected renters are banned from booking 1-night stays for New Year’s Eve by Airbnb

The bookings that are already been made will not be canceled.

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Airbnb has put a two-night minimum on stays around New Year’s Eve in an effort to reduce any potential unauthorised parties during that time.

Some Airbnb users in the UK, US, Mexico, Canada, France, Spain and Australia will be banned from booking a one-night stay of entire homes on New Year’s Eve and this is effective immediately. The company announced last week that the users who will be affected by this will only be those “without a history of positive reviews on Airbnb”.

Last minute reservations or bookings may also be blocked for some users within a selected radius.

Airbnb “data has historically shown that one-night New Year Eve’s bookings made prior to now very rarely lead to unauthorised parties”. That’s why one-night stays that are already booked will not be canceled.

New bookings for December 31st now requires users to now agree that they will not host any parties in the Airbnbs or they could be subject to legal action.

The company is going to have a virtual command center on December 31st with trained safety agents on call through the night.

The vacation rental company had enacted similar rules over the Halloween weekend in the US and Canada which did not allow one-night reservations. The feedback from that decision prompted Airbnb to take this similar decision.

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