Cincinnati: Stop Partying. Airbnb Suspends 23 Local Listings for Violating Coronavirus Party Policies

Airbnb is not pleased with Cincinnati house partiers.

click to enlarge Cincinnati: Stop Partying. Airbnb Suspends 23 Local Listings for Violating Coronavirus Party Policies
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Airbnb is not pleased with Cincinnati house partiers. 

The global rental firm is taking action against 23 local listings for violating their official policies on parties and events or for receiving complaints. Those listings have been suspended or removed from the Airbnb site.

The company said they cannot "provide addresses for the suspended listings, out of respect for the privacy of the hosts and homeowners."

Listings in Cleveland and Columbus have also been removed for similar violations.

In August, the online lodging marketplace instituted a ban on all parties and events at Airbnb listings — across the globe — and capped max occupancy for all rentals at 16. The rule applies to "all future bookings on Airbnb and it will apply indefinitely until further notice."

“As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Ohio, it’s imperative that we all step up and do our part to reduce the number of parties and large gatherings across the state,” said Alex Dagg, Northeast public policy director for Airbnb. “We hope to bring greater awareness to our 24/7 neighbor support line, which helps us bolster the enforcement of our ban on parties in Cincinnati and throughout the state.” 

Also in August, Airbnb announced that it would be pursuing legal action against a Cincinnati guest who booked a property and held an unauthorized party that ended in gun violence. 

The company has a 24/7 Neighborhood Support Hotline, where you can call to raise any concerns or complain. "Issues raised by Ohioans through this hotline led directly to some of the listing suspensions announced today," said Airbnb.

They also noted that not all Cincinnati hosts are bad. 

"The vast majority of hosts in Cincinnati 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. Our actions today address the small minority of hosts who have previously received warnings about hosting responsibly or have otherwise violated our policies," says Airbnb.

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