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'Party' house lawsuit

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:17 PM

The lawsuit was filed in Ottawa County Circuit Court last week on behalf of the North Shores Estates Association against Tyler Smith of Grand Rapids and his rental agent, Tammy Heibel.

The lawsuit also targets the owners of another property, Vincent and Kathy Labozzetta, for parking vehicles and trailers on the paved portion of the road.

To read the entire lawsuit, click the RELATED FILE below to download a PDF.

The lawsuit claims that Smith has violated the association's covenants by renting out the property at 18501 North Shore Estate Road “to individuals and organizations for group lodging, weddings, wedding receptions, business meetings, family reunions and the like.” In the suit, the association says Smith has created a nuisance for the residential neighborhood by increasing traffic on the road and parking vehicles in the cul de sac, which causes problems for school buses and emergency vehicles.

There have also been problems with renters of the seven-bedroom home trespassing on beach access ways and riparian areas reserved for association members, the lawsuit says. Speeding, operating under the influence of alcohol and noise were also listed as some of the problems associated with the home's renters and guests.

Frank Roberts marketed the Smith home to potential renters on his website, 4rentmi.com. Roberts said much of the problem revolves around a party that was held at the estate in June 2012.

Roberts said he received a complaint that there were a couple hundred people at the party and cars were clogging up the road. He said the renter was supposed to be operating a shuttle service for his guests and there was not supposed to be that many people there.

Since that time, a security firm has been hired to check renters in and to monitor the property. Events like weddings are also restricted to certain months, Roberts said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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