Foreigners renting Madrid flats to hold illegal parties

Foreigners renting Madrid flats to hold illegal parties

CREDIT: Policia Municipal Madrid

MADRID Municipal Police are investigating the rental of flats to foreigners to organise illegal parties in Spain’s capital.

The police report that safety and health regulations have been breached during the parties by foreign citizens coming from countries where there are tighter restrictions.

Over the past weekend two parties that were being held in flats rented to French citizens were stopped by the police. The French citizens who had rented the flats admitted to organising the parties.

At one of them the officers found 21 people without masks, dancing and drinking alcoholic beverages.

“The person responsible is a French national who rented the flat that day in order to organise the party” the Municipal Police said in a statement. The property was vacated and all of the people inside were reported. Only one of them was Spanish.

At the second party, two more French nationals were identified as being responsible for renting the property and organising the party.

An investigation has been opened into the owners of the properties and the platform via which the properties were rented.

The Municipal Police reported that they had stopped 253 illegal parties in homes and venues such as discos and bars on Friday and Saturday last weekend.

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