Airbnb Cracking Down on Parties BIG TIME
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In August 2020, Airbnb banned parties at all their properties globally. What does this mean for us as hosts and what does the future look like?
Today, I want to talk about the Airbnb party ban that’s happening in 2020. As you might have noticed, back in August 2020, Airbnb announced a global party ban on all of its listings. As always on Airbnb, you’ve been able to specify as a host whether or not you wanted to allow parties. 73% of hosts did not allow parties at their listings, so it was a minority of hosts that were allowing this to happen. But now, this is an outright ban with Airbnb saying no parties at all happening at any properties, and they’ve actually capped occupancy at 16. So what does this mean for us as hosts?
Airbnb is starting to do a lot of things sitewide that many of us hosts who didn’t want parties in our properties were doing a while ago. For example, not allowing one night bookings for locals under 25 who don’t have a history of interviews. We would always look at any local rental for a one night stay, especially on a Friday or Saturday night as a big red flag. We would want to ask a bunch of questions and figure out why they’re wanting to stay, because there’s a really big chance that it’s going to be a party. But now, across the board, these types of bookings are pretty much a no go at Airbnb.
Now, with Halloween coming up, Airbnb has started cancelling all sorts of one night bookings on Halloween because there’s a huge chance these are going to lead to parties. Why is Airbnb going to such big lengths to do this, even going after guests legally if they’re violating the rules, even if it means a loss of revenue? Well the simple answer is optics, PR, and Airbnbs reputation. They’re going into an IPO in either November or December, and any publicity that points to them being dangerous party houses is very, very bad. So it’s very important to them to maintain a strong reputation and image. When they have issues like homicides at their listings, or huge house parties that get out of hand, obviously those are the one-off, extremely rare circumstances, by they are the ones that make the headlines, and are very negatively impactful for Airbnb.
One of the nice things as a host, is that we don’t need to worry as much about parties happening at our properties. Now, I still highly recommend having some noise monitoring devices and other home monitoring systems to let you know if there ever is any excessive noise or partying, because neighbor relationships are also really important when it comes to hosting. There’s still things you need to do to ensure the right type of guest in your listing, and precautions in place to prevent issues with guests. This is one of the reasons why Airbnb property management is such a valuable service to offer, because most hosts don’t have the knowledge or the time to implement these strategies that are going to allow them to operate their listings smoothly.
If you’re interested in learning how to start managing other people’s listings on Airbnb, earning hundreds of dollars every month in management fees, there’s a link to a free training that will show you step by step how to build this business from scratch without any other experience.
What's up guys, it's James here and in today's video, I want to talk to you about the great Airbnb party ban that's happening in 2020. So as you may have seen in August of 2020, just a couple months ago, Airbnb announced a global party ban on all of its listings. Now, always on Airbnb platform.
Since you know, a long, long time ago, you've been able to specify as a host whether or not you wanted to allow parties. And the fact is that 73% of hosts did not want or allow parties at their listings. So it's a minority of hosts that we're allowing parties to happen out their listings. And now there is an outright ban. Airbnb is saying no more, no more party houses, no more parties at all happening and properties. In fact, they've actually capped occupancy at properties at 16. Meaning that now you're not allowed to host more than 16 people in a single entire home listing.
So what does this all mean for us as hosts? Why is this happening all now? And what is the future going to look like? That's the stuff I want to be talking about in today's video. Now, in terms of how they're implementing this, Airbnb is starting to do a lot of things that we as hosts who did want to avoid parties and avoid having these issues realized a long time ago were very effective. Airbnb is just now starting to implement these things site wide.
Like for example, not allowing one night bookings for locals under 25, who don't have a history of interviews. Now in the past, we would always look at any local who's booking a one night stay, especially if it's on Friday or Saturday as a big red flag. We're going to want to probe that person more and figure out why it is they're staying at our listing.
Because good chances are that's going to be the listing that generates a party now. Now what's happening is Airbnb says if you're under 25, and you're booking locally for a single night, that's a no go unless you have a bunch of positive reviews on your account is just not going to happen. coming in the next couple days here we've got Halloween, Airbnb has started canceling all kinds of one night bookings on the night of Halloween because they know that these one night Halloween bookings are often going to lead the parties.
Now why would Airbnb give up all of this booking income? Why would Airbnb go to such a great length? And why would Airbnb and now we're putting a global ban on all parties in Airbnb ease and enforcing it to the extent that now Airbnb might go after guests legally, if they violate these rules and how a party in their hotels or in their listings? Well, the answer is pretty simple. optics PR, Airbnb, zz reputation, right? They're going into an IPO in either November or December of 2020, it looks like they're going to be IP owing.
Meaning that all publicity that points towards them being dangerous party houses is very, very bad. It's very impactful for the company. Now, it's very important to them, they maintain a strong reputation in public image. And so having issues like homicides happening at their listings, great big house parties that, obviously are very, very, very, very, very, very rare circumstances at Airbnb properties, but they are the ones that make the headlines. And so having any of those events occur is going to be very negatively impactful for Airbnb.
So now moving forward as a guest, one of the nice things as a host is that you don't really have to worry as much about parties. Now, does this mean that you can take your foot completely off the gas and just rely entirely on Airbnb to make sure you're not getting parties in your listings? No, absolutely not. I still highly recommend having some really great devices like noise aware, like other home monitoring systems, such as minute home monitoring device inside your listing to let you know, if ever there is excessive noise or a party or any kind of going on at your listing.
Neighbor relationships are really important when it comes to hosting, you want to make sure that you're treating your neighbors with respect, and that you're not having your guests keep them up all hours of the night. It also means you still have to look out for bad quality guests, you still want to do things like maintain a nice high nightly rate and set your property up properly to attract the right type of guests into your listing. Because parties aren't the only kind of issue that we can possibly run into with guests in this line of work.
So there's still a bunch of things that you need to be mindful of and you need to do properly, which is again why Airbnb property management is such a valuable service to offer and host because most hosts don't know or have the time to implement these strategies that are going to allow them to operate their listings really smoothly. The reality is that we as professional managers can avoid 99% of the issues just by knowing the right strategies to implement.
So again, if you want to learn how to start doing this for other people how to offer this service and start managing other people's listings on Airbnb and earn hundreds of dollars every single month in managing fees doing that while still providing massive value to your property owners. Just click the link down below, it's a link to a free training that will show you step by step by step exactly how to build this business from scratch and start managing other people's properties on Airbnb, I highly recommend checking that out for anyone that's interested in getting started managing properties on Airbnb.
But what this all really boils down to, is that Airbnb is going to start tightening things up as a company now that they're getting ready for a public offering, they're going to start really pulling in the reins and offering more like a legitimate publicly traded company, they're not going to be letting things slide as much as they were before. And so hopefully, for hosts and for guests alike, that's going to be an overall net positive because for us hosts, we're going to know more what we can expect from guests and have a more consistent guest experience. And for guests, they can know more what they'll expect from us as hosts, and they will have a more consistent experience with their stay.
All in all, it's gonna be a lot of great positives in my mind from Airbnb. If you see it differently. If you have different thoughts on the matter, feel free to link your thoughts down below in the comments. Just let me know what you think. If you think this is bad if you prefer to have parties or if you have a property that you'd like to have larger groups of guests that then just let me know down in the comments. I'd love to have a discussion see how this is impacting other hosts around the world who feel this might be a different scenario than what I've outlined here.
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