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AirBnB Party Gone Wrong

From ABC8:

CBS reported that over 100 underage teens packed into a local home in the 500 block of North 26th St. The party then caused a collapse from the first floor to the basement.

As of the moment, the house is condemned by the property maintenance inspector.

Check out the link below to see the raw video.

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MP
MP
1 year ago

I thought full house short-term Air BNBs were illegal? I feel bad for the neighbors having to deal with this next door. Is there anything home owners can do to prevent greedy slumlords from doing this? I mean 100 underage teens, WOW. Surely zoning laws can prevent this.

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

We live on Broad St and we have one right across the street. Never any problems and nice people checking in. Mostly people wanting to experience Richmond with their family. I actually feel bad for the owner of the house. I’m very sure they were unaware 100 people were checking in or it being used as a party house. I’ve lived in places with alwful neighbors. The good part about AirB&B, they check out. Your alwful neighbors never leave. ?????

Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
1 year ago

The big question is, who is responsible? This disaster could have been much worse if the house had a full basement rather than just a 2-foot deep crawl space the floor fell into. I understand the owner refuses to answer questions and the Assessor’s office shows it being owned by DANIEL C HICKS AND MEAGAN M QUINN. It isn’t illegal to run a registered Airbnb but it is illegal to rent it out like this apparently was for the party which means fines for the owner. And of course, insurance liability. The house is salvageable but will have to be… Read more »

crd
crd
1 year ago

@1, no it’s not illegal at all. Plenty of people rent a house using AirBnB. AirBnB requires a photo ID of the renter, and a credit card, so somewhere there is an adult who rented this. And then turned it into a party house. I have been told that this was never occupied by the owner(s), it was always done thru AirBnB. Anyone here know more about that? And@2 Mike, I take it you mean the owner does not occupy that house you mention, it’s always short term rental? That’s a shame, tho I get what you are saying that… Read more »

Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
1 year ago

Until either the owner(s) speak out or an official word from the city as to what really happened that day, we won’t know if they knew it was being rented out as a party venue? But like @1 MP said, I thought there were supposed to be homeowners living there and not a full house rental? And I also read that “The Richmond City Council recently explored the ramifications of local Airbnb regulation, but the service is still technically illegal in city limits.” I hope they won’t tear it down but it won’t be a cheap fix either and doubt… Read more »

Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
1 year ago

@4crd…

Are you sure about people renting full houses as AirBnB’s? I need to go back to the NBC12 newscast because they covered why the owner’s licenses were revoked and thought it was because they did rent the entire house? I thought that the owner had to live there and can rent out like a basement or a floor but not an entire unoccupied house? Then the blurb about how it is technically illegal to run an AirBnB within the Richmond City Limits? Things to look into.

Queen of Church Hill
Queen of Church Hill
1 year ago

This house was used for long term rental for about the past 15 years or so. Since the last tenants moved out, less than a year ago, it has been strictly used as an AirBnb. The owner of the home does not live there and never has.

Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
1 year ago

After doing a quick research, I see that a Bill was passed concerning Short Term Rentals (AirBnB) in Virginia but each town and city needs to create their own regulations. Running them in Richmond is illegal and the Zoning Laws have been on the books long before AirBnB’s were in existence but at the same time, as the city often does, cast a blind eye and doesn’t practice what they preach by enforcing them. Those cities that have allowed them requires the homeowner to register with the city so that proper taxes are collected. That the homeowner, in most cases,… Read more »

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