Pittsburgh Mass Shooting: Finding Who Owns and Rents Airbnbs Can Be Tangled

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — In the wake of the mass shooting in Pittsburgh, there are calls for more transparency and control over short-term rental properties in the city.

In the aftermath of last weekend’s chaos, investigators wanted to know who owned the property and who rented it. But a KDKA survey found those answers aren’t easy to come by.

Through property tax records, KDKA discovered that the building belonged to Greg Barr, who has not commented. But Barr did not rent the space that night. Instead, KDKA discovered it was done by a third-party management company called K and C Ventures, which rents out or hosts short-term rentals through Airbnb.

The company could not be reached for comment on Thursday, but although it removed the listing, its Facebook page still has photos of the building and its interiors. Airbnb would not comment on who listed the property or who they rented it to.

Councilman Bobby Wilson said the city and police should have all of this information ready. He and other council members introduced legislation requiring property owners who use online kidney service companies like Airbnb to be licensed by the city. They would also have to keep a daily log of all guests available to police upon request, which Wilson said would allow tenants to wait in line.

“If you know the city and also the police have your name or at least the police have access to that information, there will be more accountability,” Wilson said.

In a statement, Airbnb said the event was “an unauthorized party, held without the host’s knowledge or consent.” But Wilson was surprised to learn that K and C Ventures is based in Atlanta.

“That’s the problem. The goal here is to have a registered name of a responsible owner who has invested in the property, not a company. Someone who will pick up the phone who you can get in touch with,” Wilson said. .

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