Millionaire row home owners have won the latest battle in a legal campaign to outlaw rowdy stag and hen house parties often attended by prostitutes, naked butlers and nude cocktail waitresses.
Letting agent Michelle King organises the house parties in luxury homes through her business Deluxe Holiday Homes.
However, a ruling by District Judge Stephen Nicholls at Bournemouth Magistrates Court agreed a noise abatement order served on King made her responsible for the noisy parties even though she was not at the event.
She had argued that although the parties in Poole, Dorset, could be raucous, she could not be responsible for any antisocial behaviour if she was not at the premises.
The judge disagreed and dismissed her appeal.
Steve and Jen Cameron, organisers of the Party House Action Group, which led the campaign, said: “It’s only a noise abatement notice, but it means that the council haven’t lost their power to deal with landlords and short-term tenants.
“We have lived with this for so long. It is a huge victory because it means that we can actually do something about it
“The ruling means that landlords are responsible for tenants who are staying just for weekends.
“It is great news and we hope it will make a difference for all those affected by this.”
Poole MP Robert Syms raised the problem in Parliament earlier this year, listing a raft of complaints including prostitutes turning up at all hours, loud music through the night and sex toys visible from the street.
King can appeal the ruling to a higher court.
She has made no comment about the case.
The general point of law is letting agents or landlords are not responsible for the antisocial behaviour of their tenants if they have no reason to believe the behaviour would take place when the tenant moves in.
However, if landlords or letting agents were aware of likely problems when letting a property, they can be held responsible.