Short shrift

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - FIRST RE­PORTED AT Com­mu­ni­tynews Jes­sica War­riner

WHILE Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti an­nounced sup­port for a Par­lia­men­tary in­quiry into short-stay ac­com­mo­da­tion last week, the City of Vin­cent was deal­ing with its own short-stay stoush.

Vin­cent coun­cil­lors voted unan­i­mously to re­ject an ap­pli­ca­tion for a Moir Street prop­erty to of­fi­cially be­come a short-term dwelling af­ter sev­eral res­i­dents spoke in op­po­si­tion at a meet­ing on Tues­day.

Vic­to­ria Jack­son said she had been a res­i­dent and owner since 2012 and had had no is­sues be­fore the short-stay vis­i­tors.

“I’ve seen an in­crease in anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, bro­ken glass and lit­ter,” she said.

Ms Jack­son said there was no ques­tion it had had a neg­a­tive im­pact.

“It is without ques­tion a party house,” she said.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate we’re near a nightlife precinct but this is not ac­cept­able.”

Mayor Emma Cole said the area had some of the low­est R-codes in the City.

“We’ve heard neigh­bours talk about be­ing fear­ful re­turn­ing to their homes and in­stalling cam­eras,” she said.

Owner Boaz Ko­gon, who is liv­ing over­seas, told the Guardian Ex­press the de­ci­sion was dis­ap­point­ing.

“In the nine months we were oper­at­ing we only re­ceived one com­plaint from a neigh­bour about noise, which is hardly ex­ces­sive,” he said.

Mr Ko­gon said other com­plaints dur­ing con­sul­ta­tion about mul­ti­ple cars park­ing on the street and “de­stroy­ing” street com­mu­nity and her­itage value were un­founded.

“Perth is hardly the party cap­i­tal of the world and most fam­i­lies with chil­dren – which was the most com­mon pro­file of guests – do not cre­ate any prob­lems,” he said.

Mr Ko­gon said he had pre­vi­ously had is­sues with a “prob­lem­atic” long-term ten­ant and his abil­ity to take ac­tion over short-term tenants was higher.

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