Vincent: Residents blame antisocial behaviour on short-stay accommodation

City of Vincent’s first live streamed council meeting drew 118 unique views.
City of Vincent’s first live streamed council meeting drew 118 unique views.

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 on neighbourhood amenity.

“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.

“Given there is already a range of issues with amenity for residents, I don’t support the application.”

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

Acting Development Services director Luke Gibson said the home was one of a suite of short-stay accommodation in the City that were subject to complaints.

Councillor Roslyn Harley said short-stay accommodation put significant pressure on Vincent as a City at the moment.

“I’m generally not opposed to short term accommodation, but it needs to be appropriate and not affect amenity,” she said.