15:42 PM, 15th June 2011, About 10 years ago
Landlords are blamed for the noise and bad behaviour of partygoers who let out city centre flats near nightspots for wild parties.
Property owners are allegedly pocketing up to £1,200 a night from cramming stag and hen parties in to family flats.
Police and council teams are regular visitors to the parties after complaints from neighbours about noise, drunks and antisocial behaviour.
Protesting residents who share apartment blocks with party flats claim landlords cannot let them as houses in multiple occupation because councils will not grant licences, so they have switched the use to gain a return on their investment.
The landlords advertise via party and events agencies online and in magazines that charge between £50 and £100 per person for accommodation.
Some neighbours claim landlords have shoehorned up to 15 revellers in to a two bedroom flat.
Party flat neighbours are hitting back in Glasgow and Edinburgh demanding new laws to curb landlords.
They want councils to call a stop to the celebrations and occupancy restrictions to limit the number of guests that can stay in a flat.
Councils in Brighton, Liverpool and Blackpool are awaiting the outcome as they also deal with the fall-out from hosting booze-fuelled parties.
At weekends, blocks of new-builds flats within walking distance of nightspots are almost completely turned over to stag and hen parties.
In many blocks, landlords are losing long-let tenants over the parties and flat owners are selling up.
“Unlike the long-term letting market, these parties are not governed by legislation and can pack as many people as they like into a small flat,” said a spokesman from the Scottish Landlord Association.
“Anyone living anywhere can have a party, but the difference with this is that there are parties going on every Friday and Saturday night that are a nightmare for residents.”
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