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Tampa Company that Holds Title to Foreclosed Homes Hosts Airbnb Partiers at Million-Dollar Mansion Also in Foreclosure

Even at $999 a night, Robert Lauby had no trouble finding renters for the 5,500-square-foot waterfront home in Tierra Verde that he listed on the popular web site Airbnb.

Seriously, it was the best Airbnb experience ever!” raved one group of guests, who shared the five-bedroom, five-bath mansion in March. “Great experience in St. Petersburg!” enthused the “eight guys” who rented in May.

They also had high praise for Lauby, who describes himself on Airbnb as a fun-loving host “looking to get out of the corporate world.”

Founder of Supplementwarehouse.com, one of the nation’s largest online sellers of vitamins and supplements, Lauby is among the millions of people who rent out homes and rooms short-term to budget-minded travelers. But his situation is unusual.

For one thing, Lauby doesn’t own the million-dollar Tierra Verde house, which has been in foreclosure for years. And the influx of rowdy “guests” is raising hackles and concerns in the quiet, upscale community in southern Pinellas County.

Between Jan. 30 and June 13, Pinellas sheriff’s deputies responded to 17 reports of domestic disturbances and what one neighbor called ” loud and obscene” parties at the home on Seventh Street E. Deputies made nearly 20 “house checks” on their own in just the two months between April 9 and June 8, logs show.

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