Short Term Rentals, Social Media Leading to Dangerous Phoenix Area Teen Parties | CBS 5 investigation


SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – Police in the Phoenix area are responding to complaints about wild parties at short-term rental homes. And they’re seeing a dangerous trend with some of these events: teens are throwing parties and using social media to promote them.

On August 28, Scottsdale Police responded to one of these parts. Body camera video shows officers cleaning a house where the party took place with their guns.

“Scottsdale Police!” If there is anyone inside, come out now, ”said an officer as he entered the house.






In this blurry photo, a teenager is assaulted at a short-term rental party in Scottsdale.


According to the police report, the officers were there because two teenagers brutally beat another teenager earlier that night. Video of the incident was captured on at least two cell phones and shared with other teenagers. The victim’s father called the police.

The police investigation resulted in the arrest of two teenagers for assault. The victim was treated in hospital and suffered a concussion. Some teens interviewed by police say they heard about the party via social media. Neighbors who have had to deal with such incidents say the holidays are dangerous and disrupt otherwise quiet neighborhoods.

“It’s an ongoing problem, not just for the neighbors but for the police,” said Bill Hunter, who has tracked bad behavior in short-term rentals for two years.

In Paradise Valley, where he lives, he says complaints about short-term rentals account for 45% of disturbance calls to police.

Police in the Phoenix area are responding to complaints about wild parties at short-term rental homes. And they’re seeing a dangerous trend with some of these events: teens are throwing parties and using social media to promote them.



“There is no supervision on site. There is no one to monitor the activity or to calm it down when it gets out of hand. And that puts the neighbors in the position of being sort of in charge of the reception, ”said Hunter.

“I don’t think they’re thinking about liability or safety at all,” said Tom Ryan, who is a lawyer.

Ryan says there is potential legal liability in the Scottsdale case for the abusers, the landlord, even if he was rented out, for the person who rented the house for the party, and possibly even the parents. ‘they rented the house with the intention of the party taking place.

“We hold the parents accountable and in that situation if they put the whole scenario in place for this bad set of events to happen, yes, they bear the blame and the blame,” Ryan said.

Some short-term rental companies have taken steps to reduce party complaints. Last year, Airbnb banned parties at rentals, including those in the Phoenix area.


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