Metro Releases New PSA to Stop Illegal House Parties

Two Such Recent Parties Have Ended With Homicides

Mitch Kelly
August 07, 2020 - 8:53 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department rolled out a new Public Service Announcement to bring attention to the consequences of holding illegal house parties at short-term vacation rental homes—a dangerous trend that resulted in the deaths of three people.

The “Help Us Stop Illegal Parties” PSA warns property owners that they could face jail time and large fines. Such rentals are illegal in the city of Las Vegas, unless they are licensed, and in Clark County unincorporated, with a few exceptions like Palm Place.

The stern warning comes in the wake of two separate house parties that ended with three individuals losing their lives. Police believe illegal house parties are cropping up as an alternative to traditional clubs and bars that are closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Homeowners, organizers, and promoters who advertise these illegal gatherings can face hefty fines and criminal charges. Promoters and organizers of these large parties may face gross misdemeanor or felony charges under this statute.

Both of the deadly incidents were organized by unlicensed party promoters that failed to provide security on scene. Promoters also implemented cover charges and served alcohol outside of a licensed venue, which is illegal. Large gatherings of more than 50 can also violate the governor’s directive.

Residents have been asked to call 311 if they believe an illegal party is forming or currently going on.