In mid-August Airbnb announced that they introducing new “anti-party tools” in the US and Canada to help identify potentially high-risk reservations and prevent those users from taking advantage of their platform. The new Airbnb system system looks at several factors such as the history of positive reviews (or lack of them), length of time the guest has been on Airbnb, length of the trip, distance to the listing, weekend vs. weekday, among many others. Their primary objective is to reduce the ability of bad actors to throw unauthorized parties which negatively impact their Hosts, neighbors, and the communities they serve.
“While we are optimistic that this technology will have a positive impact for the safety of our community and our goal to reduce unauthorized parties—we want to be clear that no system is perfect. We work hard to deter bad actors from using our platform, but ultimately Airbnb is an online platform that facilitates real world connections…”
Article by Brad Beckett, Director of Education & Outreach, Real Estate Investing Today, National Real Estate Investors Association (NREIA).