City criminally charges Albuquerque ‘party house’ owner

For the last year and a half, an Albuquerque neighborhood has been dealing with what they call a ‘non-stop’ party that includes booming music, wild behavior and trash. Now, finally, the city is stepping in to help.

“We think about it every day when we walk out of our yard and see the yard and it’s always in our mind. my wife gets anxiety about it,” said Mike Davidson, who lives nearby.

This home near Central and Tramway is listed on multiple ‘vacation rental’ websites like Airbnb and HomeAway as the ‘perfect place’ to throw a party, graduation celebration or wedding.

“These events, there’s 30,40 50 or 60 people and this street we’re on is lined with cars. That’s what we want to stop,” said Davidson.

“Music, partygoers in the street, underage drinking, drunk people in the streets, trespassing, etc.,” said Ilena Estrella, the Singing Arrow Neighborhood Association President.

KRQE News 13 first told you about this home in February, after neighbors say there was a party with hundreds of out of control teenagers. 

“We’ve been assured by him that this would never happen again, he tells us that. In reality, he does the same thing over and over again,” said Judy Young, who lives nearby.

Neighbors say the parties are happening more frequently. This month alone, APD has responded to the home four times.

“This Piru house has multiple calls on it from shots fired, stolen vehicles, and parties,” said Officer Simon Drobik. 

After complaining to the city for more than a year, neighbors may finally get some relief.

“We are begging for relief, begging,” said Young.

The city is now charging the homeowner, David Vilar, criminally. They say he is refusing to comply with city code by using ‘the property as an event center.’

KRQE News 13 tried to talk to Vilar, but when we approached the property he told us to put our camera down and did not have anything further to say.

Neighbors say they’ve had no luck resolving this issue face to face.

“The money is more important than being a good neighbor,” said Davidson.

Neighbors hope the lawsuit can get this party house, that goes for more than $400 a night, shut down.

Vilar was arraigned in court Wednesday morning. He was released on his own recognizance.

He is set to appear again in July, then a judge is set to rule on this case.

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