The Santa Monica City Council considered on Tuesday passing an emergency ordinance prohibiting residential property owners from hosting more than 150 people at one time for the purpose of selling a home. This is in response to neighbors' complaints about a party house dubbed "The House of Rock." Robert Kovacik reports from Santa Monica for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2012.
Residents on Santa Monica’s affluent La Mesa say they’ve had enough of the $25 million mansion dubbed the House of Rock.
On Tuesday night, the City Council approved an ordinance that would prohibit residential property owners from hosting more than 150 people at one time for the purpose of selling a home.
The decision fell short of residents' request that the council approve an emergency ordinance, which would have gone into effect immediately.
Rather, the City Council will take up the issue again next month. If the ordinance is approved in November, the ban on so-called party houses in the coastal city would go into effect 30 days from then.
During Tuesday night's meeting which ended around midnight, the owner of the home in question threatened legal action if the council approved an ordinance banning the events immediately.
Furor over the raucous residential parties came when neighbors complained that a mansion was being used as a party house where large charity events have been thrown to showcase the multi-million dollar property that will soon be on the market.
“An emergency ordinance is very, very important to all of us. If they don’t have that, all of Santa Monica can have houses that are for events and parties,” resident Chris Newman said earlier Tuesday, before the council made their decision.
Councilman Bobby Shriver says Santa Monica not only gets the job done, but could set a new standard.
“If people start opening these party houses or big venue houses in residential neighborhoods, they could be coming to a house near you,” he said.