Carine: City of Stirling looks at short stay accommodation regulations

The house that was advertised.
The house that was advertised.

A HOUSE in a quiet cul-de-sac in Carine that is listed on accommodation booking websites has put City of Stirling short stay accommodation regulations in the spotlight.

The seven-bedroom house is listed as “beachside” accommodation. Rooms were advertised for about $50-$60 per night on at least two websites.

Neighbours Michael and Leanne Scott first noticed people coming and going, cars parked in the driveway and tourists and backpackers in their street in January and lodged complaints with the City of Stirling.

By the end of February the City had asked the operators to stop their business as it did not have approval.

The owners applied for retrospective approval to change the use of the property from single house to short-term stays but councillors rejected the application because of access to transport, lack of parking and amenity issues that impacted the neighbours.

Owner and applicant Siyi Peng said she would no longer run the business.

“I think if the neighbours and council refuse our decision we won’t do it anymore. We have to respect everyone in this community,” she said.

Mrs Scott said she was concerned about pedestrian safety, especially with Carine Senior High School about 700m from the house.

“A lot of school kids use the street to get to and from school,” she said.

“People living in the area are aware of school kids and pedestrians but strangers, especially from overseas, would not have a clue.”

Stirling acting planning and development director Greg Bowering said the City received about 20 complaints this year about short stay accommodations.

He said that with the advent of Airbnb, the City had recognised the provision of short stay accommodation was evolving and had resolved to consider a report detailing the changing trends in the provision of short stay accommodation and review the City’s approach to these activities.

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