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Denver homeowner surrenders short-term rental license after gunfire at Airbnb party

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Posted at 3:11 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 17:11:51-05

DENVER — The first case of gunfire at a Denver Airbnb party in November resulted in the homeowner surrendering their short-term rental license on Thursday, according to city officials.

Shannon Baker agreed to the settlement with the city's Department of Excise and Licenses. Baker can't be issued a new license for one year, according to the agreement.

Another case involving a shooting at an Airbnb party — where gunfire broke out in the 1000 block of South Madison Street in Denver's Belcaro neighborhood, also in November — goes to a hearing with the Department of Excise and Licenses next month

In Thursday's case, the gunfire happened at a home in the 600 block of East 12th Avenue on Nov. 1. No injuries were reported.

Both instances of gunfire violated the city's short-term rental regulations, according to the Excise and License office. In April, the city rolled out new rules, including the "good cause" rule that allows Denver to revoke or sanction a license if a short-term rental "is found to be adversely affecting the public health, safety or welfare of the immediate neighborhood in which the property is located."

Denver has cracked down on short-term rental violations over the last year.

In other cases, four people have been arrested on charges related to violating the short-term rental law, accused of attempting to influence a public servant by signing an affidavit saying they lived at the homes they were renting out.

Denver city code requires the owner of a short-term rental, such as an Airbnb or VRBO, to live at the rental location.

The Denver District Attorney's Office alleged that the four people did not live at the homes.

Charges against one owner, Aaron Elinoff, 34, were dropped in December . Prosecutors did not believe they could prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, according to the district attorney's office.

But Elinoff's appeal for his short-term rental license was still denied. Excise and Licenses Director Ashley Kilroy said Elinoff still failed to comply with the rules because the rental property is not his primary residence.

Last March, the Excise and Licenses department revoked the short-term rental license for the owner of a $5 million mansion in Denver's Country Club neighborhood.

The homeowner, Garth Yettick, had to prove in a show-cause hearing that the home was his primary residence, but the department determined he was living elsewhere and revoked his license. Neighbors had reported wild parties at the home and people jumping off the balcony into a pool.