Riot teams forced to interrupt Airbnb parties across Sydney

“Regarding your request for a list of Airbnb properties in your area, we are unable to provide this information in accordance with data protection and privacy laws … If you believe we can support an investigation, please submit your request for information via [an online portal] and you will hear from our law enforcement team, ”reads an Airbnb email Herald.

Several police officers who are not authorized to speak in public have said that Airbnb refuses to provide investigators with information about hosts once their home has been smashed, nor will it provide details about the person who booked the property.

“It’s the opposite of having to do with a hotel – when we arrive at Meriton or somewhere, they show us the guest register right away,” said a police source who is not authorized to speak in public.

Damage to a property in Sydney city.

Damage to a property in Sydney city.Credit:NSW police

Airbnb says it “remains focused on working with government and police,” but did not respond to questions about whether the problem is escalating or what guidance it is giving hosts to avoid unauthorized parties in their homes.

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Police Assistant Peter Thurtell said owners should take steps to protect their property and prevent parties where they can.

“Police are concerned about the growing number of incidents of public disorder, where homes are being severely damaged and the safety of participants and the wider community are threatened,” said Assistant Commissioner Thurtell.

“Anyone who would be disrespectful enough to throw away another person’s property would, of course, not care about a party-imposed party ban, so the responsibility for protecting the property lies mostly with the owner.

“If you rent out your property, we encourage you to build strong relationships with neighbors who can keep you informed about activity.”

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