A woman who booked an Airbnb for two people was caught hosting a party with at least 25 people in attendance.
Landlord Corin Jackson said he accepted a booking for two people at his apartment in Manchester last week on the understanding they would be following Covid rules,
Mr Jackson says he made it clear that no extra guests were allowed without his consent and that he has a front door camera to monitor the property at the Vulcan Mills in Ancoats, Manchester Evening News report.
But within hours, dozens of teenagers dressed up for a party and carrying alcohol arrived at the apartment.
Mr Jackson began messaging the woman who made the booking via Airbnb at around 8.30pm, warning 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 told him they would be out by 10pm.
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.
That is when 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.
“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.
“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.
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.
The incident happened only a few days after Greater Manchester Police shut down a similar Airbnb party in Angel Meadows in the city centre.
Officers turned up to the address on Simpson Street and found around 50 people in attendance, with a Dj, bouncers and a buffet.
The organiser was hit with a £10,000 fine.
GMP issued 52 fines for breaches of coronavirus restrictions in just 48 hours after the region moved into Tier 3.
Mr Jackson, who runs a number of Airbnbs via his business the Jacksonheim Property Group, says he doesn’t think the young woman was bothered by the prospect of fines.
“I think she was pretty rich – apparently she was telling everyone at the party ‘don’t worry, whatever comes our way I’ll just pay for it’,” he said.
“As Airbnb landlords this is the last thing we want.
“I think the issue is being caused by the pandemic and people being locked in and they can’t do it where they would normally do it.
“It’s putting strain on the Airbnb community.
“It’s obviously detrimental to the business, the apartment has to come off for a week or so while I undertake repairs.
“I think there is going to be an increase in this type of guest because of what’s going on in the world.”
Asked about the incident on Malta Street, police said: “Shortly after midnight on 28 October 2020, officers were called to a report of criminal damage at a property on Malta Street in Manchester.
“Furniture was damaged.
“Those inside the property had dispersed before officers arrived at the scene.”