Airbnb ‘booking for two’ turned into illegal party for 25

A police investigation is underway after a booking for two at an Airbnb flat turned into a party for around 25 young people.

The booking had been taken on the understanding that coronavirus regulations would be followed, but more than 25 people turned up for a party at the Manchester apartment.

Landlord Corin Jackson said he made it clear that no extra guests were permitted without his consent and that he has a front door camera to monitor the property.

But just a few hours after check-in, dozens of teenagers started turning up, dressed up for a party and carrying booze.



(Image: Corin Jackson)


(Image: Corin Jackson)

At around 8.30pm, Mr Jackson began messaging the woman who made the booking via Airbnb and warned her that she was breaching both the house rules and coronavirus restrictions.

He advised her to have everyone out of the property by 9pm.

She replied: “They’ll be out by 10”

In a transcript of the messages seen by the Manchester Evening News, the woman also claimed no one at the party would be staying overnight.

However, Mr Jackson made clear that this was unacceptable and that he was calling police.

Despite being told she faced a £10,000 fine, the young woman replied: “I will pay the money. I will pay for everyone.”

While waiting for police, Mr Jackson said he took the decision to go and shut down the party himself.



The landlord could see more people arriving on the flat's camera
The landlord could see more people arriving on the flat’s camera
(Image: Corin Jackson)

“About 9.30pm I made the executive decision to go myself, based on the fact people were continuing to turn up, it was getting worse and I was concerned about the property,” he said.

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“I turned up with a friend and cleared them out.

“We just turned the lights on and said ‘everyone out’.

“They were all 18-year-olds and they all left, there were only a couple of smarmy comments.

“The police turned up about the same time and dealt with some of them outside.”

Mr Jackson said when he first confronted the young woman who made the booking she ‘kicked and screamed’ and said ‘I’m not leaving I paid for this apartment’, but eventually she left with the rest of the group.

Pictures show the apartment was left strewn with rubbish and nitrous oxide canisters.

Mr Jackson says around £3,000 worth of damage was caused including scuffed walls, holes in the floor and broken lights.

He has now submitted a claim for compensation to Airbnb.

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Police are investigating a complaint of criminal damage but it is not clear if the organiser will also be pursued any further for allegedly breaching coronavirus rules.