Airbnb cuts over 300 New Zealand listings in crackdown on 'party houses'

Airbnb cuts over 300 New Zealand listings in crackdown on 'party houses'
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Airbnb has cut more than 300 listings from its platform across New Zealand in a bid to crack down on party homes.

With the festive season approaching, the accommodation site is targeting listings that violate its policies on parties and events.

In August, it updated these to implement a global ban on "party houses" - listings that create persistent neighbourhood nuisance.

Derek Nolan, Airbnb's head of public policy for New Zealand and Australia, says the removals affect the small minority of hosts who have previously received warnings.

"Our message to everyone who uses Airbnb could not be clearer; bad behaviour has no place on Airbnb and those who willfully fail to adhere to our policies face removal from our platform," he said.

"While negative incidents are extremely rare on Airbnb, our team continues to work diligently to make them even rarer.

"We remain committed to upholding our community standards, which require everyone on Airbnb to behave in a manner that's safe and respectful of the local community.

Airbnb encourages neighbours to use its Neighbourhood Support Page​ which allows community members to submit concerns or complaints regarding specific listings.