Airbnb is restricting the ability of young adults to rent homes in an effort to prevent house parties, an issue that drew critical attention after a shooting at a house party hosted at a California Airbnb left five dead last year.
“Specifically, we are restricting booking guests under the age of 25 without a track record of positive reviews from booking local, entire home listing anywhere in the United States,” said Charlie Urbancic, an Airbnb spokesperson, in an email.
A teenager or young college student living in Houston, for example, who has fewer than three positive reviews on Airbnb would not be able to book a large home for one night in Houston. That guest could still book a private room in Houston or any type of listing outside of a certain radius of Houston.
The company also said limiting parties would be a boon for public health during the pandemic.