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Airbnb anti-party system blocks over 4,100 'potentially disruptive' gatherings in Austin

Tens of thousands of parties were blocked by Airbnb nationwide due to a new program. (Shutterstock)

Airbnb has revealed how many gatherings its “Under-25 Anti-Party System” has blocked since its implementation in the summer of 2020.

The system, which prevents guests under the age of 25 from booking entire local home listings if they have fewer than three positive reviews, blocked more than 48,000 “potentially disruptive” parties statewide. More than 4,100 potential parties were blocked in Austin in 2021.

The following celebrations saw the most cancellations in Austin:

  • Fourth of July: More than 1,700
  • Halloween: More than 1,000
  • New Year’s Eve: More than 1,400

The anti-party system was implemented first in Canada after a house party ended with three people dead. It was then brought to the States a little over six months later. Airbnb said the initiative has resulted in a “meaningful drop” in destructive bookings.

From summer 2020 to summer 2021, the capital city fell relatively low on the list nationwide with 3,800 blocked. Los Angeles topped the list for most parties blocked at 15,000, with Atlanta and Chicago following closely behind at 12,000 and 10,000 blocked bookings, respectively. Blocked bookings in Dallas nearly doubled Austin’s at 7,000.

Additionally, Charlotte and Las Vegas beat out Austin with 5,100 and 4,500 blocked bookings.

For those under the age of 25, never fear, you are able to book on Airbnb outside of your home city. Plus, as long as you have a good Airbnb history or if you’re making a single room or long-term rental reservation, those under 25 can still book a listing.


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