Com­plaint on Airbnb home

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

PEP­PER­MINT Grove coun­cil and its res­i­dents have left the door open to in­ter­net hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion provider Airbnb us­ing an al­legedly noisy fivebed­room John­ston Street home for short-term stays.

“It is widely ac­knowl­edged that peo­ple’s be­hav­iour on hol­i­days can be very dif­fer­ent from their usual be­hav­iour in their own home and nor­mal work­ing rou­tines,” a coun­cil staff re­port at the De­cem­ber 15 meet­ing said.

The home had been used for Airbnb stays since be­fore Oc­to­ber, when the coun­cil re­ceived a com­plaint about its short-term rental with­out the owner be­ing at the property.

Af­ter the owner was told to ap­ply for change of use, the coun­cil re­ceived replies from four ob­ject­ing neigh­bours.

They said the house was noisy and that five bed­rooms al­lowed too many peo­ple to stay.

The coun­cil’s for­mer and new town plan­ning schemes both do not al­low short­term ac­com­mo­da­tion of the type pro­vided by Airbnb.

Staff said in recog­nis­ing the needs of short-term rentals, most coun­cils’ plan­ning rules sep­a­rated rentals from res­i­den­tial homes.

Coun­cil­lors de­cided to de­fer a de­ci­sion on the John­ston Street home un­til Fe­bru­ary.

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