Pointe Saint Charles | Residents angered by repeated partying at an Airbnb

The residents of Pointe-Saint-Charles go wild with the parties, which regularly go on until the early hours in a new luxury penthouse on Rue du Centre. The city of Montreal says it is aware of the problem and is working to fix it.

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Frederik Xavier Duhamel

Frederik Xavier Duhamel
The press

“If I could close them, I would. I like to sleep at night,” sighs a woman who lives across the street from 1764 Rue du Center in Montreal, and prefers not to give her name The press. “It’s worse on weekends from Friday to Sunday, but it’s not much better during the weekdays,” she adds.

For about a month, she and her neighbors have been experiencing the parties and late-night noise in this luxury three-story penthouse with terrace. A rooftop hot tub and outdoor bar are among the attractions featured in the facility’s Airbnb advertisement, where you can spend a night for just over $6,700.

On Saturday morning, many residents complained about the constant noise since the previous day in a local Facebook group with supporting videos. Fireworks were also reportedly set off in the parking lot behind the building during the night.

The press walked past a few people leaving the premises early Saturday afternoon. They didn’t want to answer our questions. In the courtyard, a young man who introduced himself as “a friend of the owners” asked us to leave.


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Marc Labbé, resident of the neighboring building

“I’m sure I hear them, they even did fireworks. They made a lot of noise late in the night, which prevented me from sleeping,” says Marc Labbé, who lives in the building next door. He also notes that night owls have been particularly noisy on weekends for at least three weeks.

According to witnesses, the police intervened on Saturday morning The press and posted on social media. The Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) did not respond to questions from The press at the time of publication of this text.

Already on May 27, Valérie De Saint Rapt challenged Benoit Dorais and Craig Sauvé, mayor of the Sud-Ouest district and municipal councilor, for the penthouse.

“We are talking about this newly built hotel in the middle of residences […] who does after parties from 3am to 5am on their rooftop,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “It’s unbearable! Impossible to fall asleep! »

“We councilors did not vote to build a luxurious party mansion here,” Craig Sauvé commented in the post. “We are examining the file to see how we can rectify the situation. »


PHOTO DOMINICK GRAVEL, THE PRESS

The building on Rue du Center in Pointe-Saint-Charles

No news from the owners

Reached via email on Saturday, Clubhouse, which posted the ad on Airbnb, had not responded to inquiries The press at the time of publication of this text.

The current owners of the building are the Rasuli family, who bought it in 2018. A company registered at this address lists Kevin Rasuli and Sohail Manoussi and Jimmy Maung, all of Ottawa, as directors.

In another publication dated January 25, 2021 by Mme From Saint Rapt, wondering about the ongoing work on the property, Mr Dorais had commented that it was “a small hotel project with full universal accessibility”. Mr Sauvé had indicated that it would be “a small independent hotel that could serve people with functional limitations”.

In a private message following his post in May, Mr Sauvé admitted that Mr.me De Saint Rapt that “like you, we find that the use is not in accordance with what we have authorized”.

We condemn in the strongest terms the rioting at 1764 Center Street.

Benoit Dorais, Mayor of the Sud-Ouest district

“The District, both elected officials and officials, are aware of the situation and are currently working to ensure compliance with the zoning and intended use of this new build. While hotel use is permitted at this address, short-term rentals are prohibited, he adds.

“An inspection took place earlier this month, and more will follow. We also invite citizens to contact the SPVM for any harassment, we add. It’s the tranquility of a whole neighborhood that depends on it,” concludes Mr. Dorais.

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