A woman who booked an Airbnb for two was caught at a party with at least 25 people.
Landlord Corin Jackson said he accepted a booking for two at his Manchester apartment last week, provided they followed Covid rules.
Mr Jackson said he made it clear that no additional guests would be allowed without his consent and that he had a front door camera to monitor the property at Vulcan Mills in Ancoats. Manchester Evening News report.
But within a few hours, dozens of teenagers dressed for a party and wearing alcohol arrived at the apartment.
Mr Jackson started messaging the woman who made the booking through Airbnb around 8:30 p.m. warning her that she was breaking both house rules and coronavirus restrictions.
He advised her to have everyone out of the house by 9 p.m.
She told him they would be out at 10pm.
In a transcript of the Manchester Evening News, the woman also claimed no one would be staying at the party overnight.
At that point, Mr. Jackson made it clear that this was unacceptable and that he called the police.
Although she was told that she would face a £ 10,000 fine, the young woman replied, “I will pay the money. I will pay for everyone.”
While waiting for the police, Mr Jackson said he made the decision to close the party himself.
“At around 9:30 pm, I made the management decision to leave myself as people kept showing up, things kept getting worse and I was worried about the property,” he said.
“I showed up with a friend and cleared them out.
“We just turned on the light and said ‘everyone out’.
“They were all 18 years old and they all left with just a few grubby comments.
“The police showed up around the same time and took care of some of them outside.”
Mr Jackson said when he first confronted the young woman who made the booking, she kicked and kicked and yelled, “I’m not going, I paid for this apartment,” but eventually she left with the rest of the group .
Pictures show that the apartment was littered with rubbish and nitrous oxide containers.
Jackson said it caused around £ 3,000 worth of damage, including worn walls, holes in the floor and broken lights.
He has now filed a claim with Airbnb for compensation.
Police are investigating a criminal harm complaint, but it is not clear whether the organizer will be prosecuted for allegedly violating coronavirus rules.
The incident came just days after Greater Manchester police shut down a similar Airbnb party in Angel Meadows, downtown.
The officers went to the Simpson Street address and found around 50 visitors with a DJ, bouncers and a buffet.
The organizer was fined £ 10,000.
GMP imposed 52 fines for violating coronavirus restrictions within just 48 hours of moving the region to Tier 3.
Mr Jackson, who runs a number of Airbnbs through his Jacksonheim Property Group, doesn’t believe the young woman was affected by the prospect of fines.
“I think she was pretty rich – apparently she told everyone at the party, don’t worry, whatever comes our way, I’ll just pay for it,” he said.
“As an Airbnb rental company, this is the last thing we want.
“I think the problem is caused by the pandemic and the people locked up and they can’t do it where they normally would.
“It puts a strain on the Airbnb community.
“It’s obviously bad for business, the apartment has to be closed for about a week while I do repairs.
“I think there will be an increase in these types of guests because of what is going on in the world.”
When asked about the Malta Street incident, police said: “Shortly after midnight on October 28, 2020, officials were called to a report of criminal damage to property on Malta Street in Manchester.
“Furniture was damaged.
“Those on the property broke up before officers got to the scene.”