Airbnb crack­down

Western Suburbs Weekly - - WesternOpinion -

COTTES­LOE Mayor Jo Dawkins would like to see statewide reg­u­la­tion of Airbnb-style ac­com­mo­da­tion that has prompted ratepayer com­plaints of over­crowd­ing, noise, par­ty­ing and un­wanted ve­hi­cles.

At a meet­ing held last month, coun­cil­lors autho­rised the chief ex­ec­u­tive to draft a law re­gard­ing short term-ac­co­mo­da­tion.

It is es­ti­mated there may be up to 300 homes on the pop­u­lar in­ter­net-based shar­ing ser­vice in Cottes­loe.

Pro­pos­als for the law in­clude an­nual reg­is­tra­tion of homes, lim­it­ing guests to six to cor­re­spond with the Town’s plan­ning scheme, record­ing guests and set­ting min­i­mum park­ing bays, and the power to can­cel an­nual per­mits if there were com­plaints.

The law could also in­clude reg­u­la­tion of fire haz­ards, the Na­tional Build­ing Code, the Health Act, a com­plaints pro­ce­dure, me­di­a­tion and warn­ings be­fore any per­mit is can­celled.

Mrs Dawkins said a statewide pol­icy would be pre­ferred over lo­cal laws.

The lo­cal law will be ad­ver­tised for pub­lic com­ment later this year.

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