City council plans crackdown on "party houses"

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas City leaders have planned to do a serious crackdown on "party houses" across the valley. "Party houses" are homes that people often rent out for just days at a time to host wild parties.

But the city has had enough, so officials are trying to figure out ways to shut these short-term rental homes down. In one neighborhood, residents said they have seen prostitution and drugs come in and out of these so-called "party homes" so much, they've nicknamed the property "hookers and blow."

"Sometimes there's prostitution; you can see when the girls come," said Bob Rubin, a resident who lives near a party house. "These people come here believing in what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. They just raise hell," he continued.

We waned to find out why this has been allowed to happen, so 8 News Now asked Las Vegas City Councilwoman, Lois Tarkanian and she said the current city ordinance is so weak, they can't shut "party houses" down, so now they want to make short-term property managers obtain a special-use permit for those rentals.

That would force short-term property managers to notify the neighbors; then potential renters will go through a public hearing before the home can be rented for less than 30 days.

However, short term property managers seem to think this is expensive, unnecessary and in the end it only punishes everyone.

"We don't want parties on our nice properties either and we want to know about them, Karen Sommer of Las Vegas Rentals 4 U said.

Sommers said better code enforcement will stop problem properties from becoming a nuisance; not necessarily tighter restrictions.

But city leaders disagree. They said the short term rental industry is so unregulated, they must step in.

8 News Now called Pete Anello, the manager of this so-called repeat party house. He was out of town, but he told us in the last three and a half years, he's had fewer than five complaints from neighbors.

Anello also said, he told city leaders they should be careful of what they wish for. He believes properties can see even more problems if it's a long term rental.

Some property managers and realtors have been lobbying to stop the new restrictions from getting approved by the city council. However, this doesn't seem like it will affect private homeowners who rent out their homes.

If you have a "party house" you would like to report, call the property manager and dial 3-1-1.




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