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Wild high school grad party ends in $80K in damages to Airbnb home in London, Ont.

Nine people have been charged after a wild London, Ont., graduation party resulted in $80,000 worth of damages to an Airbnb property, with broken windows, shattered mirrors, kicked-in walls and a torn-apart deck.

Six adults and three young people have been charged with mischief over $5,000

Young party-goers caused $80,000 in damages. (Submitted by Tyler McBride)

Nine people have been arrested after a wild London, Ont., graduation party resulted in $80,000 worth of damages to an Airbnb property, with broken windows, shattered mirrors, kicked-in walls and a torn-apart deck.

Homeowner Tyler McBride said he thought he was hosting a young couple in their 20s on the night of June 27.

Instead, 50 revellers turned up to the south-end property at Grand Avenue and Ridout Street and trashed it.

"There were holes in many rooms, broken windows, lots of broken glass, mirrors were smashed and then everything was taken out of cupboards … and thrown about against walls," McBride said.

"It was very reckless looking."

Tyler McBride lives at a west-end property in London. (Sofia Rodriguez/CBC)

McBride quickly made his way to the rented property after the party was shut down by local authorities.

"It was a bit breathtaking when you saw it in totality."

Six adults – one woman and five men, all 18 years old – and three teens under 18 have been charged with one count each of mischief exceeding $5,000.
Smashed windows and broken glass among the damages. (Submitted by Tyler McBride)

'It was supposed to be a quiet night'

For more than a year, McBride has been renting out the older four-bedroom home that sleeps eight. 

"There's been moderate damage [in the past], but nothing like this," he said.

McBride said he had received a request from a young couple who wanted to rent out the space for the night.

"That was the perceived intention. It was supposed to be a quiet night."

McBride said renters often invite others to tag along, but it's "unfortunate when there was this many people."
McBride said the party-goers kicked in walls. (Submitted by Tyler McBride)

McBride said it has taken about two months to determine the extent of the damages. He said Airbnb has offered to help cover some of the costs.

'Isolated' incident

"No parties, no smoking and shoes off," are some of the house rules listed on McBride's rental property.

"But, we can't always make people follow the rules," he said.

McBride has taken the listing down for now, but hopes to get it back up and running depending on the outcome of the reconstruction process.

He said the incident hasn't discouraged him from hosting through an app.

McBride described the incident as "isolated" and said the short-term rental website runs "a good system."

Inside look:

McBride said its taken two months to figure out the extent of the damages. (Submitted by Tyler McBride)
Police say about 50 people were involved in the incident. (Submitted by Tyler McBride)
Tyler McBride rented out his Airbnb to whom he thought was an out-of-town couple. Instead, about 50 people showed up and caused $80,000 damage. He sat down with London Morning host Rebecca Zandbergen to talk about how it happened. 7:24