Scottish luxury mansion owners banned from Airbnb after rowdy guests prevented their neighbors from sleeping
The owners of a luxury villa have been ordered to stop leaving it on Airbnb after neighbors furious about rowdy guests.
Kenneth and Margaret Kennedy used the popular site to allow visitors to use their six bedroom home for vacations, celebrations and bachelor parties.
The property in Dullatur, Lanarkshire, accommodated up to 12 people and has been touted as a ‘superb villa’ at a prestigious address.
But angry neighbors had complained about the guests and said the noise and parties made their lives painful and even had an impact on mental health.
Council bosses investigated and issued an order prohibiting the Kennedys from renting the house under town planning rules.
The couple turned to the government in a final attempt to sue the business, but have now been told that has failed.
More than 20 letters of complaint from angry neighbors had claimed that visitors to the house – which has been rented since 2016 – caused them disturbance.
Alan Davidson wrote: “The disruption caused by renting the property as an Airbnb far exceeds what one would expect from a normal residence.
“The property is often used by large groups and parties. This causes distress among neighbors whose peaceful enjoyment of their property in a largely quiet residential area is affected.
Clare Ross added, “I am fully aware that over the past few years this has increasingly affected the mental health and general well-being of the residents living next to, behind and in front of Kennedy House.
“The sheer size of the house attracts large groups of people who are mainly there to party and while this is sometimes acceptable, it has a negative effect on the daily lives of residents, including young families. and older residents who live in Dullatur. “
Dullatur Community Council wrote: “Despite assurances that there are rental terms in place, we have had reports of excess noise / music, swearing, littering, excessive car traffic, minibuses. and limousines and nightlife.
“Some residents of The Lane have young families and there is a children’s play park at the entrance to The Lane, most of the tenants being one-off visitors and often bachelor or hen parties. girl All rental rules or conditions are very often broken and any reprimand after the event is in vain.
“This situation is especially worse during the summer months, when the use of the barbecue, hot tub and garden has significant outside noise intrusion on residents of Dullatur.
“It appears that the only parties benefiting from the current status are the tenants, their guests and the appellants.”
The Kennedys had dismissed the neighbors’ complaints and insisted that they had not broken planning rules.
They said, “We turn guests away if we feel they don’t fit the profile of a family group or a group looking for a relaxed getaway.
“We don’t allow parties or events. Indeed, Airbnb has introduced a blanket ban on parties.
“We speak to all of our customers prior to their arrival, to inform them of our policy on noise, disturbance, etc.
“No noise outside after 10pm, no fireworks, no karaoke machines.
“Upon their arrival, we meet and greet all of our guests to introduce them to the health and safety rules and the booking rules, which they signed up for prior to their visit.
“We stress that our home and our neighborhood should always be treated with respect.”
Government reporter Elspeth Cook said: “While I accept that appellants do not advertise the property as a ‘party’ location, excerpts from the online booking site indicate that the property has been advertised as suitable for a party. range of activities including a wedding venue, celebrations, funerals and corporate events.
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“Online reviews confirm that it has been used for girls ‘and boys’ weekends, family birthdays, Christmas festivities, and wedding celebrations.
“Such gatherings or celebrations, whether described as a party or not, are likely to result in additional activity, noise or disruption in the establishment, particularly on weekends and evenings. “
She concluded: “I find that a violation of planning control has occurred and I dismiss the appeal and maintain the notice of execution.”
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