Indoor Surveillance Cameras Are No Longer Allowed in Airbnb Properties

Airbnb is banning the use of indoor security cameras in all of its listings, the company announced on Monday. In a blog post, the company said it is now banning indoor security cameras “regardless of their location, purpose or prior disclosure.” Airbnb says majority of the listings on its platform don’t report having an indoor security camera, and that the update will only impact “a smaller subset of listings.” The change comes after numerous reports of guests finding hidden cameras in their rentals. Airbnb is also introducing new rules for outdoor security cameras and noise decibel monitors. Hosts will be required to disclose the presence and location of outdoor cameras before guests book. Hosts can’t use outdoor cameras to monitor indoor spaces and aren’t allowed to place them in private outdoor areas like an enclosed outdoor shower or sauna.

In a bold move, Airbnb has announced that it will no longer allow the use of indoor security cameras in any of its listings, effective April 30. This policy change comes after numerous reports of guests finding hidden cameras in their rentals, spurring the company to take action to protect the privacy and comfort of its users.

The safety and well-being of our community is our top priority.

Previously, Airbnb allowed hosts to have indoor security cameras in common areas, with the stipulation that they were disclosed on the listing page and not placed in sensitive areas such as bathrooms and sleeping spaces. However, the new ban applies to all indoor security cameras, regardless of location or prior disclosure.

In a blog post, Airbnb explained that the majority of its listings do not report having an indoor security camera, and that this policy change will only affect a small subset of listings. The company hopes that this update will provide greater clarity for its community and protect guests from any potential privacy concerns.

  • No more indoor cameras: Banned!
  • Outdoor cameras must be disclosed before booking.
  • No monitoring of indoor spaces with outdoor cameras.
  • Private outdoor areas are off-limits for cameras.
  • Noisy parties will be monitored with decibel monitors.
  • All parties permanently banned since 2020.
  • Hosts must disclose the use of decibel monitors.

In addition to the indoor camera ban, Airbnb is also implementing new regulations for outdoor security cameras and noise decibel monitors. Hosts will now be required to disclose the presence and location of outdoor cameras before guests book their stay. They are also prohibited from using outdoor cameras to monitor indoor spaces, and are not allowed to install them in private outdoor areas such as enclosed showers or saunas.

Furthermore, any hosts using noise decibel monitors in common areas must disclose this information to their guests. These monitors are used to detect and prevent prohibited parties from taking place on the property. This policy has been in effect since 2020, when Airbnb decided to permanently ban all parties at its listings.

Juniper Downs, Airbnb’s head of community policy and partnerships, states in the blog post:

We consulted with our guests, hosts, and privacy experts to create these new, clear rules which we believe will benefit our global community. We will continuously seek feedback to ensure our policies work for everyone involved.

If a host is found to be in violation of the new camera policy, Airbnb will investigate the complaint and may take actions such as removing the listing or banning the host’s account from the platform.

As the company continues to prioritize the safety and comfort of its community, this ban on indoor security cameras is just one of many steps Airbnb is taking to protect its users and foster a trustworthy and enjoyable experience for all. Let’s see how this game-changing policy affects the future of this popular rental platform.

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