The TikTok party house next door

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Bad neighbors: What is it like to live next to social media influencers? Some wealthy Los Angeles residents are finding out the hard way as homes in their neighborhoods increasingly turn into collab houses, or TikTok mansions — so called because they're rented out by talent management groups and filled with young stars who use them as backdrops for content on the video-sharing platform and similar apps.  

They're also the target of Mayor Eric Garcetti's latest crackdown on house parties, writes Patrick Sisson. During coronavirus lockdowns, several of these rented mansions became ad-hoc nightclubs for illegal gatherings, creating tension, anxiety and sometimes violence in affluent neighborhoods. In August, for example, city officials cut utilities to the 8,500-square-foot home known as the Sway House after the TikTok stars living inside were accused of hosting parties "in flagrant violation of our public health orders." To the dismay of many more wealthy residents in and around Los Angeles, the collab house trend doesn't appear to be slowing down. Today on CityLab: The TikTok Party House Next Door

-Linda Poon

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