HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Monday, January 7, Airbnb announced in a tweet on Twitter that they are taking action and removing the listing of 28 rental houses that have been deemed nuisances to neighbors in the area. This also includes a home in Orinda, California that resulted in five people being killed in October 2019, after a fatal shooting at a Halloween Part.
“We are grateful to the LAPD for their partnership in helping us identify listings that do not reflect the overwhelming majority of Los Angeles Airbnb hosts who share their homes responsibly,” said John Choi, Public Policy Manager for Airbnb in Los Angeles. “Building trust in the communities our hosts call home is our top priority and we look forward to continuing to work with the LAPD to ensure we protect quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the City.”
“LAPD Hollywood Division appreciates Airbnb’s outstanding cooperation in delisting nuisance party locations,” said Captain Steven Lurie, LAPD’s Commanding Officer, Hollywood Area. “We continue to work with all short-term rental platforms to allow them to provide their valuable service while maintaining the character of our neighborhoods.”
The LAPD investigated the properties that has been identified as “chronic party houses” and provided the results to Airbnb. Reports indicate some properties were issued citations known as “cease and desist” orders.
For the 28 listings identified by Airbnb, all upcoming reservations were cancelled. Some of the properties have been removed from Airbnb based on the severity of the issues identified and shared by LAPD. Others will be subject to lengthy suspensions, and the property owners will need to certify that they’re in good standing with the city by submitting documentation to Airbnb in order to be considered for reinstatement.
The company has not disclosed street addresses of the homes that were removed from the rental database.
Written By Sanestina Hunter and Casey Jacobs