Airbnb's ban on ' party houses ' after H San Francisco
Airbnb is banning party houses after five people were killed last week at a Halloween event in the San Francisco neighborhood of Orinda.
The curb was announced on Twitter by Brian Chesky, Chief Executive Officer of the group, over the weekend. Until the mass shooting in Airbnb, it had promoted properties suitable for groups on its website.
"What happened in Orinda on Thursday night was horrible," Mr. Chesky wrote on Twitter. "I feel for the families and neighbors affected by this tragedy— we are working to support them." Vowing to" "get rid of abusive host and guest conduct, "Mr. Chesky announced a series of measures to improve security.
Airbnb would expand the manual screening for "high risk" reservations suggested by its booking system as well as the development of a Party House Rapid Response Team, which will take serious action against tenants that flout company policy.
Local media reported that an invitation to the "Airbnb Mansion Party" had been posted on social media before the shooting. Guests were asked to bring their own liquor.
Michael Wang, who owns the property, was given a variety of reasons for the rent.
One explanation was that the tenant wanted to use the four-bedroom house for a family reunion.
It was also reported that the owners had been told that the property was to be used by family members who, suffering from asthma, had sought refuge from the raging wildfires in northern California.
Mr. Wang had made it clear to the tenants who had reserved the property for one night that the parties had been forbidden.