Residents powerless to stop Airbnb ‘party houses’

Watergate residents are fed up with noisy guests. Source: Supplied

Watergate residents are fed up with noisy guests.Source:Supplied

A LOBBY group fighting the growing trend of short-stay “party houses” in high-rise apartment blocks claims platforms like Airbnb and Stayz are increasingly bringing alcohol-fuelled violence and unruly behaviour to residential areas.

We Live Here, which represents residents of more than 200 buildings in inner-city and suburban Melbourne, says communities in regional Victoria are beginning to speak out against the rapidly rising, unregulated commercial short-stay industry.