NSW Police have urged owners of short-term rental properties to screen potential guests before accepting reservations after a number of “out of control” parties across the state.
Many online booking sites have banned parties at their properties, but NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Peter Thurtell said police had recently been called to several short-term rental parties where there had been fights and property damage.
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“Anyone who would be disrespectful enough to trash someone else’s property would obviously not care about a corporate ban on parties, so the responsibility for protecting the property falls primarily on the owner,” Deputy Commissioner Thurtell said in a press release issued on New Year’s Eve.
âIf you are renting out your property, we encourage you to form strong relationships with neighbors who can keep you up to date with the activity involved. “
On October 30, officers were greeted by a “hostile crowd” at a party in Arncliffe where 150 people were dispersed from the damaged three-bedroom rental home.
The following night, police found more than 130 people in a three-bedroom rental at The Rocks.
As officers dispersed the crowd, a scuffle ensued between the revelers, in which a 25-year-old man was stabbed in the back.
He was treated in hospital and has been released since. Significant damage has been reported to the interior of the property, including shattered glass, damaged carpets and bloody walls.
Officers arrived at a party in Ultimo on November 7 where people threw bottles at them from the balcony.
A 30-year-old man was found in the apartment with lacerations to his head and face and another man was charged with assault.
The walls were damaged and the furniture was destroyed.
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On Sunday, November 14, police arrived at a house party in Wentworth Point where an 18-year-old woman was hit on the head with a bottle after more than a dozen people knocked on the door with knives, hammer and sticks.
On Saturday, November 20, officers were refused entry at a party at a Schofields rental property in north-west Sydney.
Police said every room in the four-bedroom property suffered “cosmetic damage” along with multiple holes in the walls, shattered windows and furniture, damage to kitchen appliances and a broken fence.
Assistant Commissioner Thurtell said party hosts can register details of the event with police.