Victoria Park seeing spike in short-term accommodation applications for Airbnb

THE Town of Victoria Park has seen a rise in applications for short-stay accommodations places such as Airbnb.

The council approved a change of use from a single house to short-term accommodation for a property on Etwell Street in East Victoria Park during a meeting on December 12.

Chief executive Anthony Vuleta said there had been a rise in inquiries and applications in relation to short-stay accommodation.

“There have been approximately 15 applications for short-stay accommodation in the past three years,” he said.

“The Town is generally supportive of short-stay accommodation given the economic and tourism benefits that can result for existing businesses within the Town.

“However this needs to be balanced with considering the impacts of short-stay accommodation on existing residential areas and residences.”

Mr Vuleta said planning issues associated with short-stay accommodation include noise, parking, and safety.

“In this respect, council requires applicants to submit a management plan to detail how the use of a property for short-stay accommodation will be managed, and how any resulting issues will be resolved,” he said.

Mr Vuleta said the Town was aware of a number of short-stay premises being run without approval by searching on websites such as Stayz or Airbnb but did not have an exact figure.