Apartment owners in £ 32million luxury development rampage as apartments illegally rented out for ‘party parties and brothels’
Owners of apartments in a £ 32million luxury resort have said their homes have been ruined by illegal short-term vacation rentals.
Residents of Kingston Quay in Glasgow city center say online short-term rentals are being used as brothels and impromptu party spots.
Suspected drug paraphernalia litter the common areas and cars are left in the underground parking lot of the 372-apartment complex, which was built in 2002.
Earlier this year, a young woman fell from a window of a third-floor apartment during a “pop-up” party, residents say.
Separately, a 38-year-old man was found dead in the apartments in March, once considered one of the city’s most desirable postcodes.
A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death and is due in court later this year.
Residents criticize the apartment factor for refusing to suppress short-term rentals or repair the damage caused.
Some have attempted to remove MXM Property Solutions – led by businessman Mark Allan, 56 – from apartment management.
But the move was legally blocked by another resident, Nadeem Sarwar.
Victoria Watson, 36, who has lived in the luxury building for 12 years, said the common areas of the apartments now look like a war zone.
The psychotherapist said: “These are nice apartments in a nice part of town. But they fell into a state of utter disrepair.
“Almost all of the problems come from damage done and repairs not done by the mail carrier.
“People like me pay £ 100 a month in fees. We have wires exposed on the ceiling, holes in the wall, dog urine stains on the carpets
and people sleeping on the streets in the stairwells.
“It’s amazing. The stench of smoked drugs hangs in the air.
“I opened brothels next to short-term rentals. I had a coworker tell me her daughter was going to a party here after she was short term rented.
“Earlier this year, a woman fell from a window and was seriously injured after going to a party in one of them.
“We have had enough and want action.”
Glasgow City Council banned landlords from renting entire apartments as short-term rentals with a shared entrance to the property in 2017.
But the illegal practice continues – with allegations that the council has done nothing to stop it.
We have identified a two bed apartment rented through Airbnb for Kingston Quay posted by a host called “John”.
He confirmed to our undercover reporter that the reservation was for the entire property but would not be available until after the summer.
On a competing site, booking.com, we found listings for nine other apartments.
Landscape designer Chris Stevens, 37, said his life has been hell because of short-term rentals. He said, “I used to go to my neighbors for a cup of sugar.
I don’t know who they are now.
“Weekends are a nightmare of parties and noise.
“Packages are stolen and holes appear in the wall where people hit them.
“I have complained several times to the board but nothing is ever done. The same goes for the postman, who does nothing to stop him.
Allan said: “There is currently a legal arbitration process. We cannot comment further on other issues.
Nadeem said: “Most of the short term rentals are owned by people who don’t pay a letter carrier and that’s why things are going so badly.
“I took legal action to block MXM’s withdrawal because I don’t think the alternative would be better.
“We want to rejuvenate the building and hope to be able to solve the problem of factoring and short-term rentals.”
Airbnb has been contacted for comment.
A spokesperson for Booking.com said: “When a property owner signs up on Booking.com, they must agree to our terms and conditions and verify that they are operating in full compliance with local laws and requirements.
“In the rare event that we are made aware of a hosting that does not appear to be fully compliant, we investigate further and work with them to make any necessary adjustments, removing them from our platform if necessary. “
A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said he would write to residents reminding them of their legal obligations.
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