Owner captures rowdy, nightly evenings at Airbnb Next Door and asks for help – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Rowdy evenings that invade part of their lawn and leave garbage behind.
This is what a family in North Texas says they get ready for every weekend because of the Airbnb next door.
“This can’t go on,” said Diana Neacsu, owner of Far North Dallas. “I no longer feel safe in my own home.
While some communities regulate short-term rentals, the City of Dallas only requires hosts to register with the city and pay hotel occupancy taxes. Additional recommendations “are under development and will be presented to the committee next month,” according to a city spokesperson.
“Something needs to be done for us, the owners, who live here and pay our taxes,” Neacsu said. “We want to feel safe and we want to enjoy our homes, without being stressed and disturbed by those Airbnb homes that basically turn into party homes.”
She and her husband shared photographs and cellphone videos of several incidents involving large gatherings nearby. Photographs show vehicles overflowing onto busy McCallum Boulevard.
“Sometimes you can’t see the grass, there are cars parked everywhere,” she said, standing on the edge of her property. “This is my lawn and I had cars parked here destroying my lawn.”
Neacsu says she called the police over noise complaints. A substation is just down the road. She says the police don’t always show up, but understands there are higher priority calls.
DPD told NBC 5 that there have been two calls for service in the past two years.
“On July 24, 2021 at approximately 10:30 pm, the complainant entered the North Central Police Station to report a verbal argument with her next door neighbor over loud music. Both parties contacted the police and the music was refused.
NBC 5 spoke with owner Albert Attal, who disputes the claims of his neighbors, describing them as problematic people.
“Everything, everything you do it [homeowner] go complain, ”says Attal.
He said he took action after finding violations by guests, including limiting the number of cars to no more than four.
“From 2sd of October, we cancel everything. We put a lot of rules and the number of people in the house, we reduce it, ”he said.
Attal maintains that he can’t help himself if the guest who rents his house is lying about the expected number of people.
“When I hear about it, I go right there and I cancel everything and I tell everyone ‘go’,” he said.
In a statement, Airbnb told NBC 5, “Airbnb bans parties and ‘party houses’ and we expect our hosts and guests to show concern and respect for their neighbors. Neighbors are extremely important stakeholders, and we are grateful to those who brought their concerns to us through our Neighborhood Hotline. ‘
“I’m afraid for my safety and that of my son,” Neacsu said.
She pleads for the city to act, before it is too late.
“I’m afraid of shootings. I’m afraid, I don’t know, of drug trafficking. I don’t know who walks into this house, she said. “I don’t feel safe anymore and I don’t want to feel that way at home. I just don’t do it.
Dallas City Council member Cara Mendelsohn represents the neighborhood.
Mendelsohn says she looks forward to receiving short-term rental recommendations to get to full city council for a vote.
“I think the council needs to act on this issue to preserve the quality of life for our residents,” she said.
The issue has been on the city’s quality of life, arts and culture committee for two years, of which Mendelsohn is not a member.
She urges residents to call 9-1-1 or 3-1-1 to report noise complaints, so the city has documentation of potentially harmful properties.
Mendelsohn says she is not only concerned about the violence, including two reported shootings at short-term rentals, but she is also concerned about noise, garbage and parking violations.
Attal tells NBC 5 that he guarantees there won’t be a party at his house tonight.
“100% guaranteed,” he said. “If it’s a big party, we cancel it right away.”
After reviewing the issue at the request of NBC 5, an Airbnb spokesperson determined that “as we investigate these reports fully, the listing has been suspended from the platform.”
The company urges neighbors who have filed complaints to report their concerns here.