A QUINNS Rocks accommodation provider is the first to receive approval from the City of Wanneroo to continue letting six houses to short stay visitors.
Ronald and Valentina de Ruijter operate six short stay houses in Quinns Rocks and urge other accommodation providers to follow their lead.
“We are the first one in Wanneroo that has approval for holiday homes,” Mr de Ruijter said.
“The industry needs to be regulated; we have to have certain procedures in place.
“We are using residential homes as a business – it’s important to take responsibility as an operator.”
Mr de Ruijter said the City’s administration granted approval for most of the properties, but one required approval from the council.
Staff presented a report on the Santa Barbara Parade house at the July council meeting, which the de Ruijters have let for short stay accommodation since 2008.
They lodged formal applications in March after learning of the City’s requirement for planning approval for that use.
The council report said the property had not been brought to administration’s attention as a compliance matter.
“Following consultation, two submissions were received which objected to the proposal,” it said.
“The submitters raised concerns over anti-social behaviour (including noise and safety).
“To ensure that the residential amenity of the area is sustained, the applicant has provided a management plan.
“The management plan includes measures to manage guests and their behaviour to minimise disruption to the locality.
“The applicant has advised that in addition to tourists, many of their previous tenants have been recent migrants and relocating families.”
The council approved the use for a one-year trial, with conditions, at its July meeting.
“The property will accommodate a maximum of six guests at any given time and all parking will be contained on site,” the report said.
“Guests must not create noise which is offensive to occupiers of neighbouring properties, especially between the hours of 10pm and 7am on Monday to Saturday, and 10pm and 9am on Sunday and public holidays.
“The swimming pool/spa must not be used between the hours of 10pm and 7am on Monday to Saturday, and 10pm and 9am on Sunday and public holidays.”
Mr de Ruijter said they set up their first short stay house in 2006 and “never had any dramas”.
He said there should be plans to limit the number of people staying in the houses and addressing parking, which could be a “sensitive” issue for neighbours.
While there is accommodation at Mindarie Marina and in caravan parks farther south, the holiday houses could offer visitors another choice.
“There are hardly any hotels or motels in the City,” Mr de Ruijter said.
“There’s definitely a demand for short term holiday accommodation.”