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Airbnb warns against Halloween parties at San Diego listings, says violations may face legal action

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Posted at 2:29 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 17:29:49-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Airbnb is warning would-be party-goers this Halloween that weekend parties at San Diego listings are banned and guests could face legal action if they violate the policy.

The rental booking platform banned parties at all of its listings in August and capped occupancy at 16 people as a precaution due to the pandemic. Airbnb has also banned one-night reservations over the Halloween weekend across the country.

"The great majority of guests are respectful of our hosts’ homes and neighbors, and we understand that this initiative will disrupt many one-night reservations that might not have led to parties. This action is designed to help protect our hosts and the communities they live in," Airbnb said in a release.

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Guests who have a reservation for two or more days this weekend will be required to agree to Airbnb's policy against parties.

The platform's crackdown on parties comes after the county closed a "COVID party mansion" in La Jolla that had been the subject of at least 30 calls to police "nuisance activity." About a dozen of the party complaints came during the pandemic. The oceanfront property also the site of a shooting during a May 2019 party.

In August, Airbnb removed 17 listings in San Diego as part of its process for cracking down on unauthorized parties.

Airbnb's policy on parties can be read online.