COVID issues with Airbnb rentals in Bankers Hill

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – There are more concerns about vacation rentals in the Bankers Hill area, following action by the city attorney’s office to shut down what they called an Airbnb COVID party the 2sd Street.

The civil action has raised concerns about gatherings during coronavirus restrictions and many other violations, from lack of permits to inability to obtain the proper tax licenses. According to the complaint, owner David Contreras Curiel did not pay the taxes or fees required to operate a vacation rental. He also alleges that Curiel illegally made numerous renovations to the house.

“From wrapping up a party house during a pandemic to illegally renovating an entire property, the conduct of the defendants in this case is egregious and unacceptable,” City Attorney Mara Elliott said in a statement. press release Friday.

On Monday, ABC 10News spoke with a neighbor who lives next door to another Airbnb rental on the 3rdrd Street. Records show that the rental also belongs to David Curiel. The house is listed as The Alfred Mansion on the Airbnb website.

“It’s disturbing every weekend,” a neighbor told ABC 10News. He didn’t want to be identified, but he said the evenings resumed at Alfred Mansion a few months ago.

“Two weekends ago there was a wedding with at least 40 people. Nobody had a mask, ”said the neighbor. He added that he had filed several complaints with the police and the City of San Diego, but nothing was done. He had also heard nothing from Airbnb regarding his concerns.

Curiel did not return requests for comment. Early Monday afternoon, ABC 10News reached out to Alex Mendez, the person who helps manage the property and manage guests.

On Monday night, Mendez called the allegations against Airbnb properties “unwarranted.”

Regarding the town’s action against The Ashley, Mendez said he and the owner are ready to work with the town. When asked to postpone a meeting with code enforcement a few months ago due to Curiel’s travels, Mendez said the city was unwilling to be flexible.

Instead of a code enforcement officer calling him back, someone from the city’s prosecutor’s office contacted him, Mendez said.

He and Curiel were both taken aback by the city’s allegations.

“We don’t have a party house in any way. The house rules are very strict, ”Mendez said.

Mendez said he was ready to work with any neighbors who have had issues with Airbnb properties. “We are very responsible,” he said, adding that it is also not fair that “the neighbors complain every time there is a little noise and describe it poorly.”

A spokesperson for the city attorney’s office could not say whether the property of the 3rd Avenue was under investigation, but told ABC 10News that the case against The Ashley could affect other locations owned by Curiel.

“If granted, our injunction would apply to all properties in the county owned by Mr. Curiel that exhibit one or more of the same violations that are listed in our complaint,” a spokesperson said.

Airbnb did not respond to the latest allegation, but previously told ABC 10News that hosts are not allowed to allow parties where current public health orders prohibit gatherings, such as in San Diego County.

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