COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Some Grandview Heights residents say they are frustrated with Airbnb rentals in their neighborhood, and they’re taking their concerns to City Council.
It was a Facebook post that caught the attention of Airbnb host Alex Picazo. The people on a Facebook at Grandview Heights social media thread were talking about his Airbnb rental on Northern Avenue. They called it a party house and said visitors take up parking on permit restricted streets.
“There was someone here at 11 a.m. this morning and we’ve already had our cleaning crew come and get it ready so someone checking in this evening,” said Picazo.
Picazo owns six Airbnb’s in Columbus. He says he wants to address the issues residents have with his Grandview home he’s been short term renting for six months
“With AirBnb their formula is they can fit two people in a bed. If you go to a one bedroom house and it has one bed, it accommodates two people,” he says.
Many residents have a question the number of guests allowed in the three-bedroom short term rental home. But according to Airbnb’s guest formula, the four beds and a couch inside the home can accommodate up to nine guests and when it comes to parking.
“We say you only have two spots one and off-street parking.”
Picazo says he believes what sparked his neighbors’ concern is a recent graduation party thrown by guests without his consent.
The next day neighbors took their concerns to City Council.
“This is the first time that somebody has come to council and made complaints about it,” says Grandview Heights City Council president Greta Kearns.
Grandview Heights does not regulate AirBnb’s like other communities near Columbus.
“Soon as you get into the issues of what are people allowed to do with their private property and that’s really the core challenge here,” said Kearns.
Picazo says he understands parking is a concern for his neighbors and he’s addressing that by hanging up signs around his home.
“I’m not looking to rock the boat I’m just looking to provide some clean and safe housing for people traveling and also be a good neighbor at the same time.”
City Council says they are working on getting neighbors and Airbnb host together to further address concerns.