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Airbnb cracks down on rowdy party rentals

New Years Eve rentals in Orlando will require a history of positive reviews
 
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Published Dec. 25, 2021

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If you’re planning to rent a home in central Florida over New Year’s Eve, you may be out of luck.

Airbnb says potential guests without a history of positive reviews will be unable to make one-night reservations in Orlando and Kissimmee over New Year’s Eve, in an effort to crack down on disruptive parties.

Some people also will be unable to make last-minute, two-or-three-night reservations over the New Year’s holiday in central Florida if they don’t have any positive reviews, as determined by the company’s algorithms. Users with a history of positive reviews don’t have to worry about those restrictions.

The New Year’s Eve restrictions in central Florida are part of a larger worldwide effort by Airbnb to crack down on disruptive parties held at the short-term rental homes.

Last New Year’s Eve was the first time the company tried the initiative. It blocked 1,200 rentals in Orlando and 750 rentals in Kissimmee. Around the world, 243,000 rentals were blocked.