People Who Throw Loud House Parties in L.A. Could Face Big Fines

 LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles residents who host large-scale, complaint-generating parties could face thousands of dollars in fines under a ordinance approved today by the City Council in an effort to crack down on so- called ``party houses.''

The ordinance was drafted by the City Attorney's Office in response to a motion introduced by Councilman David Ryu, whose Fourth District includes the Hollywood Hills, where many nuisance party houses have been reported.

``Let me be clear about what we are talking about here,'' Ryu said before the council approved the revised ordinance on a 15-0 vote. ``These are not barbecues or family gatherings. These are large events, flyer parties often with a cover charge that bring hundreds of people, and most importantly, that are creating a massive public safety hazard.''

The measure, which still needs to be signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to become law, would widen the type of behavior that could result in a property owner or manager being fined or facing a criminal charge. The ordinance creates escalating fines up to $8,000 for repeat violators and requires a public posting for 30 days on homes found in violation.

Party houses are typically rented out for large-scale bashes, and a cover charge is often collected at the door, according to Ryu's office. The parties typically create excessive noise and other headaches for neighbors, while also positing other dangers since they are often located in areas with narrow, winding roads with a high fire risk, according to the councilman.

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