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Airbnb unveils new tech to stop destructive house parties

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The new technology will identify ‘high risk’ users attempting to make a booking.

Short term rental site Airbnb is rolling out new technology designed to cut down on the practice of using the marketplace's properties for parties.

The reservation screening system is being deployed across Australia following a pilot test in Melbourne, which Airbnb says prevented more than 1400 "high risk" bookings.

The new technology works to screen what the platform calls "high-risk and suspicious" reservations that combine a number of data points including stay duration, same-city bookings, group size and listing size.

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Other factors – such as renting an inner-city apartment on event weekends like New Year's Eve – may also contribute to a listing's risk status.

Airbnb's crackdown comes amid an increase of users renting short-term stays to host parties, some of which become destructive to the property.

The rental site said globally, 0.03 per cent of trips using Airbnb involved hosts cleaning up a damage bill of US$500 (A$690) or higher.

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"The nationwide rollout of our industry-leading screening system will give communities additional peace of mind and arm our team with the additional tools they need to further crack down on parties and suspicious bookings," Derek Nolan, Airbnb's head of public policy for Australia said.

"While no system is perfect and able to prevent issues 100 per cent of the time, our team has worked diligently to ensure our high-risk reservation screening technology can give communities and hosts a high degree of confidence that we're looking out for them."

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Mr Nolan said that when measured against the huge number of bookings the number of destructive house parties is tiny, with the new technology expected to reduce the occurrence even further.

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"It's critically important that every single person using our platform behaves in a manner that's respectful of the neighbourhoods in which they're staying. That's non-negotiable for us," Mr Nolan said.

"Our ongoing ban on party houses is being enforced to take action against both guests who misbehave and hosts who wilfully allow their homes to become chronic nuisances for neighbours.

"We are committed to working together with police and government so everyone can enjoy the benefits of responsible and sustainable tourism."

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Source: 9News

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