Put this is­sue to bed

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch - By JON BAS­SETT

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

At a meet­ing held last month, coun­cil­lors autho­rised the chief ex­ec­u­tive to draft a lo­cal law to con­trol un­man­aged homes.

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

Pro­pos­als for the law in­clude an­nu­ally reg­is­tered homes, lim­it­ing guests to six to cor­re­spond with the Town’s plan­ning scheme, record­ing guests and set­ting min­i­mum park­ing bays, and removal of 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 was can­celled.

How­ever, Mrs Dawkins said the con­cerns should be dealt with by the State Gov­ern­ment.

“I think it should have been dealt with at a State level so there’s con­sis­tency, and so there’s not one rule on one side of a road and one on the other,” she said.

Staff said the lo­cal law may only be able to deal with “le­gal” short stay op­er­a­tions and not en­com­pass those oper­at­ing out­side the Town’s plan­ning schemes.

They said it could limit the coun­cil’s abil­ity to po­lice homes that caused com­plaints.

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

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