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Neighbours at bnb War

January 27 2020

Neighbours at bnb War

 

Once upon a time, I lived in a quiet residential area. Occasionally, the neighbours would throw a party or next door’s kids would get a bit over-excited (and noisy) during the school holidays... but it was an ordinary, quiet residential street and we all lived together peaceably. In the last few years, these families have left town and several properties have become holiday rentals. The house next door is now owned by boomers who rent the house out on AirBnB. We are not unreasonable people, we enjoy a good party and understand that a little noise is normal in a neighbourhood – but next door’s guests always seem to be celebrating a special occasion and forget about their residential surroundings. The doors get flung open, the music gets cranked up and we suffer through the night listening to crap conversations and crap music.


Our solutions are limited. 1. Call noise control and wait over 40 minutes to get the party shut down 2. Reason with the owners. Problem here, is they don’t think there’s much of a problem. They’re not here and the cash must be rolling in, so they don’t care. 3. They added a line to their AirBnB description saying noise must be lowered after 10 pm– but who actually follows that?


The problem is that it shouldn’t be that loud in the first place. How can you enjoy the conversation or the music if it’s dialled up to the max? Talking to council gave us no hope. The only source of action is to continue to calling noise control until they have a record. The suffering continues so we’re now dreaming up retaliation options. Does anybody have any good ideas?


Loud music wake up call?

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  • REVENGE INC.

    1. Find out where the owners of the property live.

    2 Buy an older car, which is registered. Install a very loud and annoying car alarm in the car, that can be activated by dialing a number on your phone.

    3. Park the car legally outside the owners property.

    4. When there is a late night/all night party on, dial the alarm number approx every 25 minutes...let it activate for approx 15 seconds each time, before shutting the alarm off. Continue until the party/noise stops.

    5. This will upset the owners, and all the owners neighbours . The owner will no doubt make inquiries re the ownership of the car, and will make contact with you. Be firm, and tell him that you are doing everything legal, and it will continue each and every time that you are woken/ upset by the noise emmiting from his rental property.. He will break before you do, problem solved.

    Posted 27/01/2020 5:50pm (24 days ago)

  • Minding other people's business

    How I handled Airbnb guest issues was instead of noise control call outs I called directly both owners and property management every time I had a justified complaint. If I was woken or my peace disturbed then so too would theirs. They were equally as disturbed and annoyed by me as I was by their guests and it all was soon resolved.

    Posted 28/01/2020 8:45pm (23 days ago)

  • REVENGE INC.

    You were lucky that they answered the phone....most people wont answer really late at night ....

    Posted 28/01/2020 9:48pm (23 days ago)

  • Cleone Blomfield

    Airbnb Super Host
    I think there is a simpler better solution. Airbnb does not want to be known for parties and last year offered three different types of party monitors to hosts (free to super hosts) to install in their property so that hosts can monitor their properties at a distance. I would ask these hosts to install one ASAP as surely they want to protect their property from party damage. I presume these hosts are registered with the QLDC? I have an on site airbnb and live beside three others. They have all been in existance for several years. I have never experienced this party issue (only ocasional oos and ahs when guests come onto the balcony of the house above). All my neighbouring Airbnbs and I provide onsite parking as is required when we register with the QLDC and no parties and no parking problems occur around me.

    Posted 30/01/2020 5:01pm (22 days ago)

  • jane

    We feel your frustration...we are constantly dealing with noise late into the night from “guests” as we are surrounded by over 30 pop up motels in our neighbourhood! 95% of these holiday home owners don’t live in our town and are not interested in dealing with any problems arising from their guests (we’ve tried) adding weight to the argument they’re in it for the huge money they’re making.
    And just to finish on, over half of these holiday homes have not registered with QLDC to run as a short term rental and have no intentions to as don’t wish to pay the extra that would be added to their rates.
    About time all these holiday homes got looked into properly by local authorities, hotels and motels cant operate without regulations, why are holiday homes with no compliance allowed?

    Posted 31/01/2020 3:45pm (21 days ago)

  • laura wrighton

    Check on the QLDC website to see if they are being charged for extra rates that they should be paying. If not notify the council they will react eventually. Keep calling noise control. Maybe the council will take action if they get called regularly. Write to the owner they have the power to give their tenants bad reviews. If there is an agent keep telling the agents. Write to Air B&B every time it happens. Will they be paying the extra tax they should pay for running a business? Keep lobbying the council to put some caps on Air B&B as they have in other cities around the world. Start building something at 7am in the mornings!

    Posted 01/02/2020 4:55pm (20 days ago)

  • laura wrighton

    Check on the QLDC website to see if they are being charged for extra rates that they should be paying. If not notify the council they will react eventually. Keep calling noise control. Maybe the council will take action if they get called regularly. Write to the owner they have the power to give their tenants bad reviews. If there is an agent keep telling the agents. Write to Air B&B every time it happens. Will they be paying the extra tax they should pay for running a business? Keep lobbying the council to put some caps on Air B&B as they have in other cities around the world. Start building something at 7am in the mornings!

    Posted 01/02/2020 4:55pm (20 days ago)