CITY of South Perth landowners will be allowed to rent out their property as self-contained visitor accommodation for up to three months in a year if councillors adopt a draft planning policy for short-term accommodation at tonight’s council meeting.
As part of the draft policy, applicants of short-term accommodation will have to submit a management plan to address occupancy, noise abatement, duration of stay, guest behaviour, management of check-in and departures, and management of parking.
An officer’s report said that without a local planning policy, the City would be left to make decisions without any sensible framework.
The report said this would make decisions more difficult to defend if challenged by applicants in the State Administrative Tribunal.
South Perth resident Jackie Hair was opposed to the new planning policy as it lacked community safeguards.
“My opposition is not based on fear or speculation surrounding how such changes could potentially impact residents’ amenity, but on actually experiencing the impact from my neighbour’s fivebedroom Airbnb-listed property,” she said.
“As an absolute minimum, every resident faced with this proposition should be given the opportunity to decide whether they wish to give expressed consent to their neighbour operating short-stay accommodation on a case-bycase basis.”
To date, more than 175 properties within the City’s boundaries can be found listed at Stayz.com and on Airbnb.