Glasgow’s ‘party’ apartment may remain despite claims that guests ‘drink, scream and urinate outside’
A ‘party’ apartment in Garnethill – where neighbors say noisy guests have urinated outside their home – can continue to operate as a short-term rental for at least two years.
Siroos Bavasagh was granted a retrospective building permit to divide an apartment at 257 Renfrew Street into five short-stay bedrooms.
One resident said the antisocial behavior in the apartment had a “significant” effect on the “quality of life” of neighbors.
Cllr Ken Andrew called for the offer to be rejected, but his suggestion lost eight votes to four. He said the move could “drive” downtown residents.
Mr Bavasagh’s plans claimed that no parties were allowed at the automatic check-in premises and that all guests must be over the age of 30. Free cancellation is offered to all visitors who do not agree to these rules, he told council.
He said a list of rules is left in each room and there is a charge of £ 350 for smoking in the apartment or in the courtyard outside.
Timothy Pearson, a resident of the neighborhood, said the common yard had been used “as a place to gather and drink causing noise and disturbance until late at night.”
The quality of life of neighbors would be “significantly and negatively affected”, added his objection.
Lesley Mulholland, Garnethill Community Council, said: “Short-stay guests regularly party inside and outside the property until the wee hours of the morning.
“They gather to drink and smoke outside the property with no regard for the permanent residents.”
Another couple living near the apartment said anti-social behavior ranged from “landlords throwing their trash” to “guests drinking, screaming, partying, smoking and urinating” in the courtyard and on the front porch. property.
A council report said all complaints about anti-social behavior should be directed to Police Scotland.
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The council had received complaints about short-term accommodation offered on the site, without planning permission, in August 2020 – and about garbage being dumped outside by the owner.
A council officer said there had been “improper waste disposal” but this was during the conversion of the building and “appears to have been a one-time incident”.
He added that the two-year authorization would give the council “a chance to assess” and see whether the Scottish government introduces “further controls over licensing and planning” – including the possibility of a short term rental control area.
Council planners believe that while “short-term accommodation may have a negative impact” on nearby residents, this apartment is in an area of “commercial and entertainment nature”.
The rules for staying at the accommodation state: “If you are planning any form of social gathering, you can cancel now for free if you notify us within 24 hours of booking.
“If you happen to slip through the net, you will be kicked out if you participate in any form of social gathering. “
Accommodation is “fully self-registered” but with “online security checks” and ID is required.
Mr Bavasagh also claimed the property was “designed for people traveling to Glasgow from long distances” so postcodes for the city and surrounding areas are being rejected.
He added that “no disrespect or prejudice” was intended.