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Judge orders Paul Manafort’s former in-law to stop parties in Bel Air

Jeffrey Yohai, a real estate investor, has been renting out his house for ragers
March 23, 2018 02:00PM

The Stradella property (Credit: Zillow, Pixabay, Wikimedia Commons)

Jeffrey Yohai may be the most famous house party scofflaw in Los Angeles.

This week, an L.A. Superior Court judge issued a temporary injunction against Yohai, a real estate investor who also happens to be Paul Manafort’s former son-in-law and occasional real estate partner, ordering he stop using his Bel Air property for massive parties.

Yohai, through an LLC, purchased the home for $8.5 million in March 2016. When the home was placed in bankruptcy protection nine months later, Manafort loaned $2.7 million for the estate, records show. The two have partnered on several California real estate deals together, four of which ended up in bankruptcy court. Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, has been indicted on charges of money laundering, bank fraud and lobbying on behalf of pro-Russian interests.

The judge’s decision comes a month after the Los Angeles City Council to unanimously approved an ordinance meant to curtail house parties with escalating fines.

Much to the chagrin of his neighbors, Yohai has been renting out his 3,750-square-foot pad on Airbnb for $1,299 per night, according to Curbed, which first reported on the judge’s decision. Although the listing has been taken off the platform, it once described the home at at 779 Stradella Road as a “private sanctuary” where “events and parties are welcome.”

But they were not welcome by all.

Bel-Air neighbors have said the house has played host to “all-night ragers” where drunk party goers “clogged streets, damaged property, and blast[ed] music until the early mornings,” according to the Bel-Air Association.

As part of the restraining order, Yohai is banned from playing any loud music from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m., and from allowing guests to throw anything that is lit near shrubs. He also can’t promote the home as a party house anymore. [Curbed] — Natalie Hoberman