Public Safety

Published on June 2nd, 2016 |


N. Buckhead residents upset with Airbnb home rented out for wild parties

Homeowners in a neighborhood off Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in north Buckhead are upset about a house in the area is being rented out on home-sharing site Airbnb for a few hundred dollars a night and often gets booked for big parties where guns, drugs and alcohol are present.

A recent party happened on May 19, where social media accounts showed party-goers wielding a gun. Neighbors said organizers invited the public via Twitter. Posts showed that the party started at midnight, and cost $10 per person. The cost doubled to $20 after 1 a.m.

Atlanta Police confirmed they’ve received more than a dozen calls since January about late-night noise at the house—more than 10 calls in May alone—and says their license and permits section is investigating.

11Alive contacted the owner of the house, who lives in New York. He told the TV station that he wouldn’t comment in order to protect the privacy of the people renting the home.

Meanwhile, residents have contacted North Buckhead Civic Association President Gordon Certain about their concerns. Certain understands their frustration. “They call the police and the police show up. The police leave, then there’s more noise,” he said.

Certain says if this type of activity isn’t illegal, he thinks it should be. But that is the crux of the problem. There is nothing in city code that mentions Airbnb. No one knows how city code meshes or conflicts with the Airbnb business model, but noise ordinance violations and charging cover fees are not allowed, City Councilman Howard Shook told 11Alive news.

The topic also came up at the end of the Tuesday night meeting of the Zoning Committee of Neighborhood Planning Unit-B. Members said it is a new and growing phenomenon that Atlanta’s Department of Planning and Community Development should take up as part of its present review of the city zoning ordinances.

Airbnb seems to be aware of complaints similar to the one involving the neighborhood off Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in North Buckhead. On Tuesday, it announced it was launching a complaint center for neighbors to facilitate their reporting of the problematic activities.

But BuckheadView understands Certain told 11Alive that the City Council should find a way to structure rezoning laws so that residential areas are kept residential.

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