7 tips to protect yourself against wild parties: The party is over!

In the current climate, the decline in the number of bookings coupled with the risk of damage from lockdown parties is a real threat to the entire industry. So what can you do as a host to prevent these events from taking place in your properties?


AirBnB's crusade against wild parties

Last year, the vacation rental media was up in arms over AirBnB's announcement to ban parties in homes offered on the platform. The platform also limited the capacity of the latter to a maximum of 16 travellers and blocked last-minute bookings by young people under 25 years of age near their main residence.

Some have chosen to transfer what they did in bars and discos to houses, sometimes rented through our platform'


Just over a year later, AirBnB has released the results of this move. The giant has announced that it has blocked or redirected more than 240,000 people since the measure was put in place. This includes 53,000 people in Paris, 7,000 in Marseille and 4,000 in Bordeaux, among others.

This year again, the American platform is not left out. New measures have been added to regulate wild parties once again:

  • Overnight bookings: Customers who do not have a history of positive reviews will not be able to book a one-night stay for entire accommodation listings.
  • Two-night bookings: tighter restrictions will be placed on two-night bookings in the run-up to the New Year. AirBnB plans to strengthen technology that restricts some local and last-minute bookings by guests who do not have a history of positive reviews.

What about rentals on other platforms?

If this decision only affects properties rented on the American platform, it remains very difficult for the players of the holiday rental industry to protect their live bookings against these lockdown parties.

'There was a lot of damage (broken jacuzzi nozzle, the house's lift pump out of order due to the throwing of various objects not adapted to the drains, which required a complete renovation and a change of the lift pump, table and lounge benches of a luxury brand damaged and irretrievable due to the spilling of liquids, marble support in a bathroom completely cracked, a lot of acidity stains on the marble floor impossible to repair etc.).'

Anonymous customer of Swikly

Take an interest in the tenant's profile

You will need to be extra vigilant when the tenant is a young person living near your property. Indeed, although this profile does not represent in a certain way that of a wild party organizer, the majority of the undesirable travellers correspond to it. It is not our intention to systematically discriminate against these tenants, but to insist on the following recommendations to minimize the risks.

Check out your travelers' reviews on OTAs, their profiles and their backgrounds. You can avoid unpleasant surprises by talking to them on the phone before confirming their booking.

Ask a few non-invasive questions to get an idea of their profile:

  • What is the reason for your stay?
  • Do you have any plans during your stay?
  • How many guests will be staying in the house?
  • Will you be inviting other people over during your stay?

If you are concerned about their responses, consider passing and choosing other travellers to avoid problems.

Regularly ask for confirmation of the reason for your stay

Although partygoers will probably not tell you the real reason for their booking, your concern and insistence may discourage them if they feel discovered. Indeed, they will certainly prefer to cancel the stay for fear that their party will be compromised, in order to fall back on less informed owners.

Let your travellers know that you will be nearby during their stay

If you have several homes nearby, offer to meet your travelers at a property close to the one you are renting. If not, simply imply that you don't live very far away. This proximity will be awkward for partygoers who will be afraid of being discovered and that their event will fall flat.

Work on your general terms and conditions of sale and your rental rules

It is essential to emphasize the prohibitions in effect on your properties. It goes without saying that you must explicitly prohibit parties. But you must also warn travellers that noise pollution or smoking may result in the collection of their deposit. The clarity of your position is also a deterrent to avoid being selected by partygoers in their search. 

Even if you do not live in your accommodation, it is essential to respect the neighbourhood. Once your travellers have arrived, a little reminder of the rules won't hurt. Indeed, you can emphasize the strict prohibition of parties. You can let them know that you have sensitive neighbors or that you have had bad experiences with guests who have broken the rules in the past.

As always, stay professional and friendly. While you need to protect yourself, you also need to think about the quality of your reception and customer experience.

Prohibit one-night stays

This is the most effective measure you can put in place. Wild parties are indeed organized on a single night for the sake of simplicity, budget, and discretion. Like the measures that AirBnB has put in place, you can impose a minimum length of stay.

Use a volume detector

Due to the increase in wild parties in short-term rental properties, several companies have developed connected volume detectors. These devices allow you to be alerted when a certain volume threshold is exceeded. However, check with your OTAs to make sure that the use of these detectors is within their terms of use. Also make sure that you only use modules that do not record sound or image. We recommend that you only use detectors that are specially manufactured for this purpose, such as NoiseAware.

These devices can detect excessive noise by measuring the pressure of sound waves in the air. You can often customize the maximum decibel level. When the noise exceeds this level, you receive an alert that allows you to contact guests.

Request a deposit with Swikly

It is common among this type of travelers that the cashing of deposits are disputed. By requesting a deposit on Swikly, you ensure that in case of damage caused by your travelers, the cardholder who has used to deposit the deposit will be cashed. You are therefore assured to receive the funds in case of damage, without having to deal with the recovery of funds.

Have we piqued your curiosity?

Discover Swikly, the #1 online bonding solution for rental professionals!

Legal information

Editorial references

The swikly.com website is published by SWIKLY, a simplified joint stock company with a capital of 10,000 euros.
SWIKLY is registered in the Lyon Trade and Companies Register under number RCS 819 514 076
The head office is located in Lyon (France), 92 Cours Lafayette 69003 - Telephone: +33 4 20 88 00 48 - email: contact@swikly.com
Director of publication: Mr. Shaun WOURM, President of SWIKLY - shaun.wourm@swikly.com.
The hosting of the Site has been entrusted to Microsoft Ireland Operations Limited (Microsoft AZURE offer), whose registered office is located at DUBLIN 18 99000 BLACKTHORN ROAD, Ireland, registered in the Trade and Companies Register of "Foreign company n/immat.RCS" under the number 419 423 728, reachable by phone at +353 1850 940 940.
SWIKLY - April 2016 - All rights reserved

Personal data

The creation of a personal account and the use of the site imply the collection of personal data and the processing of data.
The purpose of this processing is the management of the Swikly smarphone Application, of the Website Services and the activity of the SWIKLY company. This processing of personal data is the subject of a declaration to the CNIL by the Company under the number 1948037.
The following personal data of the user is accessible to any other registered user:
-first name and first letter of a user's name.
The following personal data of the user is accessible to any user who has accepted a Swik of the said user concerned:
-first name, last name and reputation of the user.
Personal data is transferred by the Company to its service providers and subcontractors, in accordance with the aforementioned declaration made to the CNIL. All access to the user's personal data by these subcontractors and service providers is subject to the use of a login and password, with the data also being transmitted via an encrypted link.
No personal data is collected for purposes other than those mentioned above, nor is it passed on to third parties without your consent or used without your knowledge.
In accordance with the law n°78-17 of January 6, 1978 modified, relating to Data processing, the Files and Freedoms, you have a right of access, of modification and suppression of the personal data concerning you (art.34 of the law).
These rights can be exercised with the Data Controller:
Service CNIL, Société SWIKLY - 12 rue de la Barre 69002 LYON, France - contact@swikly.com.
You will find all the information concerning your rights, duties and the protection of personal data on the website of the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés: http://www.cnil.fr
When you visit the Site, a cookie is placed on your computer. The Company uses cookies to enable and facilitate electronic communication, to provide features tailored to the needs of Users. The cookie is used to identify the user at each of his connections, and thus facilitates his access to the Service. The user can refuse cookies when accessing the smarphone Application or by changing the configuration of his browser. This may however alter the functionality of the smarphone Application, which the User accepts.


To report any errors or anomalies on the site:
Webmaster: contact@swikly.com

Cookie policy

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file and covers all types of tracers "deposited and read, for example, when a website is consulted, when an e-mail is read, or when software or a mobile application is installed or used, regardless of the type of terminal used". 

It may be placed by the server of the site visited or by a third-party server (advertising agency, web analytics service, etc.). Cookies do not compromise site security.

Cookies deposited by Swikly

When you connect to our Site, we may install various cookies on your terminal. The cookies we issue allow us to :

- Maintain the proper functioning of the Site

- Memorize the selected language version of the Site

- To record and adapt the functionalities of the Site according to your browsing preferences (identification, adapting to the types of devices used)

- manage the acceptance and retention period of cookies

In accordance with regulations, cookies have a maximum lifetime of 13 months.

Cookies issued by third parties

- Analytics cookies:

They enable us to track the number of visitors to our site and your browsing habits (Google Analytics cookies), and to generate statistical data on site usage. This enables us to improve the Site's performance.


- Cookies placed by our advertising partners : 

These cookies enable us to identify your centers of interest, and thus offer you relevant advertising content when you browse other sites. 

If you do not authorize these cookies, you will be subject to less targeted advertising.


- Social network cookies :

While browsing our Site, you may click on the "social networks" buttons to view our Facebook and Youtube profiles. These third-party applications may use cookies to offer you targeted advertising. By clicking on the social network icon, the latter may identify you. If you are connected to the social network while browsing our Site, the sharing buttons allow you to link the content you consult to your user account.


We cannot control the process used by social networks to collect information relating to your browsing on our Site. We therefore invite you to consult their personal data protection policies to find out how they are used and what browsing information they may collect.


- Cookies set by Hotjar


We use Hotjar to better understand our users' needs and optimize the www.swikly.com website.. Hotjar is a technological service that helps us to better understand our users' experience (for example, time spent on a page, links clicked, and more generally browsing habits, etc.). This enables us to improve our service. The data collected by Hotjar through cookies relates to the behavior of users and their devices (in particular the device's IP address captured and stored only in anonymous form), device screen size, device type (unique identifiers), browser information, geographical location (country only), preferred language used to display the website). Hotjar stores this information in a pseudonymous user profile. Neither Hotjar nor Swikly will ever use this information to identify individual users or associate it with other data. For more details, please consult Hotjar's privacy policy

Cookie management

When you visit our site for the first time, a cookie banner will appear, asking you to consent to or refuse the use of cookies.

Your rights

In accordance with the French Data Protection Act of January 6, 1978, as amended, and the RGPD, you have the right to access, rectify, oppose, delete and limit information from cookies and other tracers. To do so, please contact contact@swikly.com.

Free guide:

The 2023 vacation rental PMS