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Vegas City Council considers 'party house' crackdown

Reported by: Fatima Rahmatullah
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Updated: 8/19/2014 6:25 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- If you've got one in your neighborhood -- you can spot it right away.

“Party houses” are local homes offered for short-term rentals and used for hosting big bashes.

Neighbors say they disturb their peace and quiet.

In response, a member of the Las Vegas City Council has introduced an ordinance to regulate the operation of home rentals for less than 30 days.

One example is a large home in an upscale neighborhood at Alta and Campbell drives near West Charleston Avenue. Jewell Dixon lives next door to the nine-bedroom, nine-bath house which rents for $15,000 a month on

Dixon has documented a number of parties at the house. “We go through over and over and over again with no lasting response, for no punishment for people that are disturbing the peace,” he says.

The ordinance proposal, sponsored by Council Member Lois Tarkanian, requires licensing and special use permits for short-term vacation rentals.

“They will have to license so we will know who they are,” Tarkanian says. “They'll have to follow the same rules and regulations that the other businesses have to do that are rentals.”

Operators of the short-term rental houses are pushing back.

They say there are very few short-term rentals that are party houses like the one on Campbell Drive, which is rented out by Peter Anello of Crystal Properties. He did not respond to calls for comment.

Tarkanian explains that if operators such as Anello had to obtain a special use permit, the city could reject it with cause. Without the permit, the rental business could not operate. She says the proposal is trying to protect people who have lived in their homes for a long time..

“It's having the bite in the authority,” Tarkanian says. “It's having the strength so somebody could say this isn't just a, you know, customary. It's worth, I'll pay this little bit of money or this fine. No, you have to make it really tough.”

The City Council will consider the proposal on Sept. 3.



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