Council focus on rentals
A TREND of letting suburban homes as holiday rentals is becoming more tightly regulated in the City of Wanneroo.
The City has received several applications to change the use of properties in recent months, as it works on a short-term accommodation local law to guide the sector.
Last week, the council approved an application for an Alkimos house that compliance officers found had been used for holiday accommodation during an inspection last November.
According to the June 26 council report, one submission from a nearby resident said it did not fit with the healthy communities goal of the development.
However, the report said that was not a planning consideration and the applicant had advised previous tenants of the Whip bird Road property included visiting relatives of local residents.
The City has advertised public comment periods for similar use changes for properties in Quinns Rocks and Clarkson over the past year.
Last month, it reopened the draft local law for public comment after changing information about where holiday houses could be located.
The proposed law will regulate small-scale, shortterm accommodation for places that accommodate up to six guests and will require owners to register their holiday rentals.
Owners also have to submit management plans and the City could take action if they do not comply with the terms of registration.
The law was initially advertised last November but incorrectly indicated specific zones where shortterm accommodation could be registered.
The current proposal excludes those zones, namely civic and cultural, general industrial, and rural resource areas.
A May council report said the City generally supported short-term accommodation proposals.
“The City’s tourism strategy identifies that there is a current lack of tourist accommodation,” it said.
“Short-term accommodation is an opportunity to address this shortfall and to benefit the local economy.
“However, this must be balanced with effective controls so that short-term accommodation is appropriately managed.”
The report said the City required properties for seven or more guests to have planning approval.
Visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au for more information. Submissions close on July 27.