Md. Man Says Airbnb Guests Hosted Large Party, Trashed Home

By Jackie Benson

A Maryland man says his first guests on the temporary rental website Airbnb left behind an expensive mess at his Hyattsville home.

Airbnb allows hosts to rent out extra rooms or entire apartments or homes to visitors for a fee usually cheaper than a hotel stay. 

Mike Novak did just that last Friday, when he let two women in their 20s from New York rent out his Hyattsville house for the weekend. He then headed to Virginia Beach, oblivious to the damage he would be returning the following week.

“Saturday night, she had a humongous house party here,” Novak said. “I think she posted on Facebook and it blew up. … A major flight broke out in the backyard between multiple people, they broke through the neighbor’s fence, went on in their back yard, they broke the other side of his fence.”

The party-goers left behind dozens of liquor and beer bottles, cigar wrappers — and even underwear.

Read the full NBC 4 Washington article here.

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