Oakland couple says home trashed by New Year's Airbnb renter

Jan 4, 2016 2:22 PM by News Staff

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - An Oakland couple says their home was trashed by an Airbnb renter on New Year's Eve.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Reshma Vasanwala and Jim Santi Owen thought they were renting to an older man from Chicago. But then a neighbor texted Owen to say a parade of teens and police were going in and out of the house.

The couple says the renter turned out to be a teenager who threw an 18th birthday party and invited hundreds of friends. They came home to dirty furniture, beer cans, cigarettes, broken glass and even blood stains.

Police arrested the teen renter for vandalism. Owen says he plans to press charges and file a civil suit.

Airbnb says they banned the guest and will work with the homeowner on the cost of cleanup and repair.

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