ROCKLIN (CBS13) – Homeowners in Rocklin say unruly house guests are turning their neighborhood into a nightmare.
They say ever since one homeowner started renting out rooms on Airbnb.com, their peaceful neighborhood has turned into a party.
The owner of his home spends a lot of time out of town so he thought putting it up as a short-term rental on Airbnb would be a good way to make a little money on the side. But it backfired.
“It violated our peacefulness, our safety. We had no idea who was two doors down,” said Dan Granera, a Rocklin resident.
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Granera loves his quiet Rocklin neighborhood that backs up to a golf course until he realized his neighbor was renting out his home to strangers through a website called Airbnb.
“These were young kids; they were drunk; they were just looking to party and have a good time,” he said.
Neighbors say they had to make several calls to police over late-night parties; cars speeding up and down the road; and unruly guests driving a golf cart around at all hours of the night.
“We did get a knock on our door — somebody intoxicated asking for an air pump at 11:00 at night because they stranded the golf cart,” said Heather, a resident.
“It was just a little thing to see…if this would work out through the summer while he was out of town,” said Jocelyn Soboleski, the caretaker of the home.
Soboleski manages the home when the owner is away, and says they weren’t aware of the ongoing bad behavior until neighbors confronted them.
“If you rent a hotel room, you have somebody down at the front desk that can hear if there’s problems. We had no way to complain to anybody except the police,” said Granera.
The city of Rocklin tells CBS13 since Airbnb is still very new to the area, there are no regulations in place.
“If it’s going to make people upset then he’ll stop doing it,” said Soboleski.
She says the owner has since taken the ad off the website, but neighbors worry the issue doesn’t stop there.
“This could happen to anybody. We moved to this nice neighborhood to have peaceful, quiet neighbors and this really isn’t the right kind of place for this,” said Heather.
Soboleski says they do have more guests arriving this weekend who signed up before the ad on Airbnb was removed.
Meanwhile, the city says because of the backlash, they will be discussing this issue at their next city council meeting.