On August 20, 2020 Airbnb enacts a global worldwide ban on all parties and events at its listings which will include vacation listings in Puerto Vallarta, including a cap on occupancy at 16 people. This party ban applies to all future bookings on rentals on Airbnb and it will remain in effect indefinitely until further notice. According to the rental platform statement “Unauthorized parties have always been prohibited at Airbnb listings. In fact 73 percent of our listings globally already ban parties in their House Rules, and the vast majority of our guests behave in manners that show respect for House Rules and for neighbors.”
Last year, they began imposing much stricter limits – starting with a global ban on “party houses” – listings that create persistent neighborhood nuisance. Airbnb also launched a 24/7 neighborhood support hotline in the U.S. and Canada – with plans for global expansion – to communicate directly with neighbors and help us effectively enforce the party house ban. This complemented new initiatives to stop unauthorized parties – such as manual review of high-risk reservations, as well as restrictions on allowing guests under the age of 25 without a history of positive reviews to book entire home listings locally.
- Parties are now prohibited on all future bookings.
- Occupancy at Airbnb listings will be capped at 16 people. This is primarily relevant to larger homes that we previously allowed to list as able to accommodate 16+ people.
- We are currently scoping a potential exception process for specialty and traditional hospitality venues (i.e. boutique hotels)
- Guests will be informed about Airbnb’s party rules and informed that they may be legally pursued by Airbnb if they violate our policy. This work is currently being operationalized and will be rolled out in the near future.
Their policy also states “We also understand that 16 is not a magic number, and issues can occur with groups of any size. To be clear, we are not sanctioning smaller gatherings with this policy and all community members are expected to comply with local health restrictions on gatherings. We are capping guests at 16 in these large properties as one step amongst several, all designed to mitigate any efforts to misuse an Airbnb for a party. We will continue to enforce our party rules against groups of any size and will be taking action both on guests and listings if we receive reports from neighbors.”
Aruro Dávalos Peña Puerto Vallarta mayor reiterated the official ban on private parties and large crowds is still in effect. These parties are strictly prohibited including private parties on terraces, gardens and pools. Recently, the head of Inspection and Regulations, Juan José Velázquez Hernandez, specified that many parties in Puerto Vallarta have been shut down including a large private gay party at Terra Noble was shut down.