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Airbnb adds reservation restrictions for July 4th holiday weekend

The goal is to help prevent unauthorized parties from taking place at the short-term rental properties.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One year after banning parties worldwide, Airbnb is adding more reservation restrictions ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, where there is an increased risk for party guests. 

Through the use of new technology, Airbnb is now able to restrict certain reservations in hopes of decreasing the risk of these unauthorized parties.

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“What the system does, if you are under 25 and don’t have a history of positive reviews on Airbnb, we are going to prevent you from making an entire home-booking local to where you live," Airbnb Trust and Safety Communications spokesperson Ben Breit said.

Within the first year, the system has been used to block more than 5,000 people in Charlotte who attempted to make those restricted reservations.

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More specifically, during the holiday weekends like July Fourth, Airbnb says it will also restrict anyone without a history of positive reviews from making a one-night reservation -- no matter the location.

“It’s just not something we want, not something our hosts want, not something neighbors want, not something elected officials want, so we are going to continue to invest in these types of systems and rules to try and prevent unauthorized parties," Breit said. 

Contact Briana Harper at bharper@wcnc.com and follow her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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