Airbnb blocking some rentals over Halloween to halt parties

WASHINGTON (AP) – Airbnb will prohibit one-night rentals over Halloween weekend as part of its ongoing effort to crack down on party houses.

The action, announced on Friday, comes nearly a year after a deadly shooting at an Airbnb in Orinda, California. Five people were killed in the shooting, which happened during an unauthorised Halloween party.

San Francisco-based Airbnb said it will ban one-night rentals of entire homes in the United States (US) and Canada on October 30 or October 31. Previously booked one-night rentals will be cancelled and Airbnb will offer refunds.

Airbnb said it will also look more closely at two- and three-night reservations during Halloween.