Town of Cottesloe to draft short stay accommodation local law for public comment

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COTTESLOE Mayor Jo Dawkins would like statewide regulation of short-term, Airbnb-style accommodation that has prompted ratepayer complaints of overcrowding, noise, partying and unwanted vehicles.

“I think it should have been dealt with at a State level so there’s consistency, and so there’s not one rule on one side of a road and one on the other,” Mrs Dawkins said at the council’s May meeting.

It is estimated there may be up to 300 homes on the popular internet-based sharing service in Cottesloe, and the council is considering a local law to control sometimes unmanaged homes.

Proposals for the law include annually registered homes, limiting guests to six to correspond with the town’s planning scheme, recording guests and setting minimum parking bays, and removal of annual permits if there were complaints.

The law could also include regulation of fire hazards, the national building code, the Health Act, a complaints procedure, mediation and warnings before any permit is cancelled

However, staff said the local law may only be able to deal with “legal” short stay operations and not encompass those outside the town’s planning schemes.

This could limit the council’s ability to police homes causing complaints that were not registered.

“The grey area is quite simple – at what point doe someone gather enough evidence for a prosecution?” chief executive Mat Humfrey said.

Councillors authorised Mr Humfrey to draft a local law to be advertised for public comment later this year.

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