Airbnb bans ‘party houses’ af­ter Orinda shoot­ing

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Second Front - By STE­FANIE DAZIO and DAISY NGUYEN

ORINDA, Calif. — Airbnb’s CEO said the com­pany was tak­ing ac­tions against unau­tho­rized par­ties in the wake of a deadly shoot­ing at a Hal­loween party held at an Airbnb rental home in Cal­i­for­nia.

In a se­ries of tweets, Brian Ch­esky said Satur­day the San Fran­cisco-based com­pany is ex­pand­ing man­ual screen­ing of “high risk” reser­va­tions and will re­move guests who fail to com­ply with poli­cies ban­ning par­ties at Airbnb rental homes.

He also said the com­pany is form­ing a “rapid re­sponse team” when com­plaints of unau­tho­rized par­ties come in.

“We must do bet­ter, and we will. This is un­ac­cept­able,” he tweeted.

Five peo­ple died af­ter a Thurs­day night shoot­ing that sent some 100 ter­ri­fied par­ty­go­ers run­ning for their lives in the San Fran­cisco sub­urb of Orinda.

The four-bed­room home had been rented on Airbnb by a woman who told the owner her dozen fam­ily mem­bers had asthma and needed to es­cape smoke from a wild­fire, the per­son with knowl­edge of the trans­ac­tion told The As­so­ci­ated Press. A fire burn­ing in Sonoma County about 60 miles north of Orinda ear­lier in the week fouled the air over a wide area.

The owner was sus­pi­cious of a one-night rental on Hal­loween and be­fore agree­ing re­minded the renter that no par­ties were al­lowed, said the per­son with knowl­edge of the trans­ac­tion, who was not autho­rized to pub­licly dis­close the in­for­ma­tion and spoke only on con­di­tion of anonymity.

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