Airbnb said it is working on plans for properties traditionally used for events, such as boutique hotels. For now, gatherings are limited to 16 or less.
The party ban goes beyond public health concerns. In Atlanta, “party houses” have also been crime scenes, though not all were Airbnb rentals.
On July 24, two teenagers were killed outside a house party in northwest Atlanta’s Vine City neighborhood. They had just gotten out of a ride-share vehicle on Sunset Avenue about 2:30 a.m. July 24 when they were shot multiple times, according to police.
Earlier in July, an Atlanta Airbnb listing was the scene of another homicide. On July 16, 36-year-old Mikhail Sher was found dead from multiple gunshots outside a Griffin Street home, according to police.
In July 2019, Atlanta police were called to a Garmon Road home nearly 100 times in three weeks regarding noise complaints and thefts, according to police records.
In 2019, Airbnb announced it had banned house parties and initiated a 24/7 Neighborhood Support Hotline in the U.S., where neighbors can report concerns. Calls to the hotline led to many of the listing suspensions, Airbnb said.