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Canadians Under 25 Won’t Be Able To Book Entire Houses On Airbnb Anymore

The new rules are designed to ramp up safety at Airbnbs.

Airbnb is about to change the way that some users can book stays, for the purpose of ramping up safety. The new security rules in Canada include limiting renting abilities for those younger than 25 years old. This, along with other initiatives, comes after a shooting at a Toronto Airbnb rental last weekend in which three people were killed.

On February 5, the rental platform announced two new security measures in Canada at a press conference in Toronto. These measures will be launched in the form of a pilot project, reports CTV News.

One of those measures will address the issue of unauthorized parties by changing the rules around who can book stays through the app or website.

In other words, this means that users under 25 won't be able to book local listings for entire homes in Canada as part of the new pilot initiative.

During the press conference, the company said that this security measure relies on "user verification systems" and information given by users.

However, if under-25 users meet certain criteria, such as having positive reviews on their profile, they'll still be able to book local homes.

Airbnb communications rep Lindsey Scully said to Narcity that "the pilot will start this month," but no end date has been specified. 

According to Scully, the online marketplace "will begin piloting measures designed to prevent Canadian guests under the age of 25 from booking local entire home listings in Canada, with the goal of reducing incidents of unauthorized parties."

There will also be a 24/7 neighbour telephone hotline launching on February 10 in Canada. It will let residents connect with "rapid response agents" who can deal with concerns.

Airbnb also announced that it will donate $300,000 over three years to Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns. This organization helps to keep communities safe and raises awareness about gun violence.

In addition to the recent Toronto shooting, there have been other instances of violence at short-term rentals.

This includes a shooting at an Airbnb house party in Toronto, as well as another violent scene outside of a rented house on the Bridle Path. There was also a shooting at a prom after-party inside a rented Whitchurch-Stouffville property.

Near the end of 2019, Airbnb also announced a ban on "party houses" after five people were killed at a California rental.