If You're Going To Leave Your House Vacant, Don't Be Surprised To Find Kids Partying There

Like bloodhounds on the scent — or maybe more like pigs sniffing for truffles — industrious teens will find places to get drunk and do other things they have seen in movies. And with a large number of houses sitting vacant while awaiting sale or foreclosure, it’s a partier’s market out there.

KGO-TV in San Francisco reports on an alert neighbor in nearby Concord who was able to pre-empt a party from going down in the vacant home on his block.

“When I came home, the front door of the house was open,” he explains.

He called the police, who arrived around the same time as carloads of presumably pimply teens began arriving. That was enough to throw off the night’s revelries, but the neighbor says it didn’t stop potential partygoers from popping by to check things out.

“All night, literally until like 2 in the morning, there were cars, probably more than 30 or 40 coming through here full of kids,” he recalls.

The neighbor claims the cops told him that pesky adolescents are doing this all over the area. Some are even charging $5-10 a head for the privilege of partying in some bank-owned property.

The realtor for the house is grateful that the neighbor caught wind of the party before it happened, as the short sale of this property is set to close in the next week.

He explains the huge problems the party could have caused:

“Number one, the buyer would not want to close. Number two, the bank wouldn’t pay for anything, it’s an as-is sale and number three, the seller — anticipating a short sale — would have ended up getting a foreclosure on her record. So it really could have put a big damper on this whole process.”

“Oh yeah… well short sale this!” we imagine some snotty teenager saying, while rolling a pack of cigarettes into the sleeve of his white T-shirt. We should also admit that our vision of tough teenagers has not evolved beyond The Outsiders.

Thanks to Alex for the tip!


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  1. ovalseven says:

    Stay golden, Consumerist.

  2. redskull says:

    I’m honestly surprised this hasn’t happened in my neighborhood. There are a good 10 houses within a few blocks of me that have been empty for years. No For Sale signs, no nothing, just empty houses.

  3. crispyduck13 says:

    Wait, didn’t they make a movie about this? Project KY or something?

  4. JollySith says:

    When I moved into my house 8 years ago I learned that a few students from the HS down the block had been using my vacant garage to smoke some pot and have a few beers after school.
    I moved in with just a sleeping bag and a duffell 3 days before my wife arrived and we brought our stuff in. When I heard noises in my garage I opened the door and scared the crap out of about 10 kids.
    Props to the leader of this particular pack. he didn’t run or cry, or scream. He apologized, pointed out that they hadn’t broken or tagged anything. they just saw that about 2 months ago a realtor hadn’t closed the garage door all the way so they were sitting on old milk crates smoking a bit of bud and having a few beers. He promised that now that they knew someone was moving in that they would never come back. They never did.

    • hobochangbar says:

      *Sniff* Thank you, you just restored my faith in the next generation of stoners.
      Smoke must be a little thick in here, my eyes are watering up.

      /Used to politely extract myself & friends similarly from such situations. Even got a break from a cop once after he saw we were keeping our empties to dispose of rather than tossing them around the park & were honest & respectful and didn’t just run fro him.

    • Murph1908 says:

      I like this story. I’d vote for that kid for public office in the future, even if he did inhale.

    • Coleoptera Girl says:

      I just love a happy ending…

    • poco says:

      Hey, when you live with your parents and don’t have any money it’s hard to find a good place to hang. Good on those kids for being respectful and apologetic.

    • RvLeshrac says:

      Totally innocent, I mean, they didn’t break more than a dozen or so laws, and showed absolutely no remorse for breaking them – they just showed remorse for being caught.

      What a shining example of today’s young criminal.

  5. Budala says:

    No arrest made, wtf? Are the police even investigating these crimes? Plenty of evidence on social media. Pick up one teen who sent a message of the party for questioning and I bet it would take less than 10 minutes to find out who is responsible for breaking and entering on that house and would easily solve all the same recent crimes. Make the parents of the responsible teens pay for the other houses that were damaged. Reports of the arrests would spread quicker thru social media than the party location. That will bring a stop to these parties for good.

    • humphrmi says:

      “Leads? Yeah, sure. I’ll, uh, just check with the boys down at the crime lab. They got four more detectives working on the case. They got us working in shifts. Leads?”

      • nishioka says:

        “The leads are weak.”

        “The leads are weak? Fucking leads are weak? You’re weak. I’ve been in this business fifteen years.”

        “What’s your name?”

        “Fuck you, that’s my name. You know why, mister? ‘Cause you drove a Hyundai to get here tonight, I drove an eighty thousand dollar BMW. THAT’S my name.”

      • 401k says:

        You just won the gold medal for Internet commenting!!!

    • Byte says:

      That would require the cops to leave their money generating speed trap. Won’t happen

  6. The Beer Baron says:

    “I’m Doug, and I’m outta heeeeeeeeeeeere, Consumerist!”

    • SavijMuhdrox says:

      Bob Dylan is dead, dad!!

      No he isn’t, in fact i just produced his last record, Doug.

      oh, you mean Uncle Robert?

  7. iesika says:

    When I was a kid, there was a vacant house on my block. Other people would periodically come break the windows, so one day I went over with a screwdriver and took all the remaining window panes out of the frames and took them home with me to use for art projects. I guess that was technically vandalism, but at the time I considered it salvage, since all the windows were already damaged.

    That house was empty for more than ten years. I started hanging out inside occasionally as a teen, when I was old enough to want to be away from the house but not old enough to drive yet. Mostly I’d just climb in the window and sit at the kitchen table and read a book or something. It never would have occurred to me to have a big party there, though.

  8. deathbecomesme says:

    You know what I love about high school girls?

  9. JediZombie says:

    As I was growing up, there were 2 grocery stores in my neighborhood that at one time or another, were vacant. My friends and I were always getting into these places to party. We never broke anything ourselves but we found broken lights and bottles all the time when going in.

    Mostly we smoked cigarettes (we were about 16) and rode our bikes and skateboards. We did find a crawl space that security used while the store had been open and found some guys stash of porn in it.

  10. David says:

    A few months ago, there were some kids who broke into a house about a block away from mine. They tagged the walls and trashed parts of the house before they were finally chased away. One tried to open my front door as he made his escape. They had allegedly shoplifted from a local store that afternoon, and were caught on tape. They didn’t get arrested, but a couple of months later they went on a vandalism spree and ended up in jail… finally.

  11. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Great, something else to worry about when I go on vacation. As if the squatters weren’t enough.

    • missy070203 says:

      where I live teenagers don’t break into the houses—- adults do and they steal copper pipes, furnaces, stoves, water heaters, cabinets, sinks, radiators pretty much anything they can scrap, sell, or reuse….I have 3 vacant houses in my neighborhood that have been completly gutted by theives in the middle of the night- Worst part is we have called the police and the police refuse to enter the homes ( vacant or bank owned) without and owner present – so the theives just hide in the house until the police leave and then resume gutting it after they drive away- no one ever gets arrested and these houses just end up getting boarded up for years and then eventually torn down by the city at tax payers expense

    • missy070203 says:

      or they cook meth in them — can’t forget the meth

  12. missy070203 says:

    they’re called cancer sticks not cigarettes…. if your going to make Outsiders references use the slang