Jun 25, 2020

Illegal lockdown parties hosted in online rentals

Lockdown parties hosted in properties booked via online sites, including Airbnb and Booking.com, are putting "Communities at risk", the Bed and Breakfast Association has said. "Already all unauthorised parties are banned on Airbnb and large events are banned for listings in apartment buildings. Our neighbourhood support tool enables anyone to contact us with concerns about a listing in their community, and we take action on issues brought to our attention." Darya Simanovich, who runs Chelsea Creperie but rents a property on both Airbnb and Booking.com for extra income, said it had been "Trashed" many times since lockdown began, at the end of March, by guests posing as key workers, who had turned out to be organising illegal parties. Danial Abbas, who also hosts a flat on both platforms, said a group of more than 10 people held a party there until 04:00 BST last week. "They feel hard done by, as lockdown measures are largely for older people."

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