City pol­icy paves way for Airbnb ease Kristie Lim

Eastern Reporter - - News -

BAYSWA­TER Coun­cil ap­proved a short­term ac­com­mo­da­tion pol­icy, end­ing two years of plan­ning, at last month’s com­mit­tee meet­ing.

Coun­cil­lors voted in March to hold work­shops to re­fine its draft short-term ac­com­mo­da­tion pol­icy.

The coun­cil had pre­vi­ously voted to de­fer its de­ci­sion in 2015 and again in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

There are 150 Airbnb prop­er­ties in the City of Bayswa­ter, with most lo­cated in Maylands and Bayswa­ter.

As part of the pol­icy, prop­erty own­ers will not need plan­ning ap­proval to host no more than 10 guests at any one time and park­ing will have to be con­tained on site or ad­join­ing verge area.

The City will re­view the im­pact of the pol­icy af­ter 12 months.

Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cer’s re­port, the pol­icy re­flected the cur­rent Airbnb mar­ket and prac­tice rather than the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion’s 2009 hol­i­day home ac­com­mo­da­tion guide­lines.

Deputy Mayor Stephanie Coates said there were not many com­plaints made about the prop­er­ties.

“I’ve heard in my time prob­a­bly two... some of them (prop­er­ties) have been op­er­at­ing for seven or more years with­out any com­plaints,” Cr Coates said.

“My rea­son for 10 (peo­ple) is I have a fam­ily of five and when I go on hol­i­day with our best friends they are a fam­ily of five, we would look at a house to­gether and we would not be party cen­tral, it’s just two fam­i­lies on hol­i­day.

“I want to min­imise the red tape and al­low it to op­er­ate as it should.”

Cr Brent Flee­ton said Airbnb had a strict set of guide­lines for peo­ple to ad­here to and res­i­dents’ con­cerns about noise and park­ing could be dealt with by the City’s rangers.

Bayswa­ter Deputy Mayor Stephanie Coates.

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