$150,000 party trashes beachfront Airbnb home
A MILLION-dollar Airbnb beachfront home in Melbourne has been trashed after an unruly party caused $150,000 worth of damage.
The four-bedroom home in Altona, southwest of Melbourne's CBD, was described on the homesharing website as a "seaside stay in one of Melbourne's prime locations by the sea". Now, it looks like a "war zone" after up to 70 youths descended on the waterfront home on Saturday afternoon.
Doors were ripped from their hinges, plaster walls were covered with holes, windows were smashed and furniture was vandalised.
Altona resident Fran Brown told The Age that she drove past and saw a number of people in the middle of the road.
"There were some up on the balcony throwing things over. I reckon I saw a chair at one stage," she said.
"Every window from what we could see was smashed. Some were sitting on the footpath smoking bongs.
"You could see the drapes were all pulled down from the windows and half hanging off the rods."
A neighbour, Martin, told 9News that the place now looked like a "war zone".
Police were called to the home on three separate occasions after neighbours complained of noise and fights spilling out onto the street.
However, a neighbour told Seven News that the police "didn't have a chance in the world" against the youths.
Police are still investigating who hosted the party but Victoria Police Detective Inspector David Baskin told Seven News that Airbnb hosts should "do some checks" on who they're renting to or who is making the booking.
News of the vandalism came as Labor's planned crackdown on out-of-control parties hosted by short-stay guests hit a speed bump, with the Greens warning they might reject the bill or introduce their own laws to strengthen Victoria's short-stay accommodation rules.