NUMEROUS complaints about rowdy tenants at 17 Harwood Place has forced City of Vincent to put a list of conditions on a retrospective change of use to serviced apartments.
The City approved construction of a four-storey development of 12 two-bedroom and four single bedroom units in 2008, but discovered last year when it received an application by Urbanista Town Planning for a change of use that the building had been operating as serviced apartments since at least 2013.
Representing residents on Harwood Place, Monica Wood spoke at Tuesday’s council meeting of “wild parties, obtrusive noise, trespassing and indecent behaviour” from short term tenants of number 17.
She said numerous complaints had been lodged since it began operating in 2011, with no results.
Mayor John Carey added conditions such as a reception desk be manned at all times and changes to the Management Plan, including that all guests be subject to a one-strike policy, 24 hour contact details of the owners licensed operator and security company provided to all guests and there be a limit of six guests at any one time.
Mr Carey was unsympathetic to the applicant’s plight.
“It is a bit of a cheat that it has been operating for the last three years without approval; we shouldn’t show any leniency,” he said.
“I have no problem with the three phone numbers, give them family numbers, maybe then they will respond and encourage them to take the residents concerns seriously.”
In a letter to the City in February, Urbanista Town Planning director Peter Mrdja argued 24-hour concierge and security was “excessive”.
“The proposal is for self serviced apartments, not a hotel,” he wrote.
“The management plan was carefully prepared to ensure that the amenity of adjoining residents is enjoyed, respected and maintained.”
Only councillor Roslyn Harley voted against the conditions.