Hol­i­day homes for rent get new rules

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Ge­off Vi­vian

Peo­ple who own hol­i­day homes in Jurien Bay and Cer­vantes will be re­quired to reg­is­ter them with Dan­dara­gan Shire and com­ply with a raft of re­quire­ments if they are to rent them out.

The re­quire­ments un­der a new Shire pol­icy in­clude fire safety, lim­its on park­ing and the num­ber of oc­cu­pants, max­i­mum oc­cu­pa­tion pe­ri­ods of three months and devel­op­ment ap­proval.

In a re­port to the coun­cil, Shire plan­ning of­fi­cer Rory MacKay said staff would be­gin con­tact­ing known non-com­pli­ant hol­i­day home landown­ers with prop­er­ties listed on web­sites such as Airbnb.

He said they would in­form these own­ers of the ap­pli­ca­tion process and in­vite them to lodge a devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for their premises.

Shire pres­i­dent Leslee Holmes said there would be a pe­riod of grace be­fore the Shire en­forced the new pol­icy.

In the mean­time, she said the State Gov­ern­ment was likely to en­act a hol­i­day homes pol­icy that would ap­ply to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties that did not have one.

“They re­alise we have got to have stan­dard across-the-board reg­u­la­tions to meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of the trav­eller in terms of safety,” Ms Holmes said.

“We have been able to de­velop a pol­icy that will be spe­cific to our trav­ellers and their needs rather than wait for the State Gov­ern­ment to give us a pol­icy that may not be suit­able.

“Shire staff have done a fan­tas­tic job to put us on the front foot.”

Last month, all coun­cil­lors voted to adopt the new pol­icy.

Pic­ture: Shire of Dan­dara­gan

Dan­dara­gan Shire pres­i­dent Leslee Holmes.

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