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Airbnb is cracking down on under 25s renting properties in the US


The platform hopes the move will stop parties (Picture: Getty/Airbnb)

The possibility of a trip away with friends has been the light at the end of the tunnel for a lot of people, over the past few months. 

But it seems Airbnb is looking to crack down on groups throwing big house parties at its properties.

The rental platform is putting measures in place to stop people under the age of 25 renting large properties close to where they live.

New restrictions mean young people looking to rent will need at least three positive reviews.

But it’s worth pointing out that this is currently only the case for youngsters looking to rent places in America. 

The company said in a statement: ‘Reducing the number of unauthorised house parties on Airbnb has always been a priority, and it’s more important now than ever.’

It also stresses that guests under the age of 25 are still free to book private rooms and hotel rooms, regardless of where they live. 

Airbnb added: ‘There will always be people who work to find ways around our trust and safety protections, and we know that people over the age of 24 are perfectly capable of booking a home for the wrong reasons, too. 

‘But based on the positive impact this policy has had on unauthorised parties booked by guests under 25, we believe this is the right action to continue to protect the safety of our community.’

The move comes after Airbnb rolled out the same initiative in Canada, which resulted in a meaningful ‘drop’ in unauthorised house parties.

Airbnb also points out that 99.95% of its bookings have no safety-related issues reports – but the platform is keen to get this figure closer to 100%.

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