WAAA welcomes short stay inquiry findings

The West Australian Apartment Advocacy (WAAA) has welcomed the recommendations, released today by the Short Term Accommodation Parliamentary Inquiry, that the industry should be regulated through a state-wide registration system.

Research conducted nationally with 2500 apartment owners in March 2019, regarding the impact of short stay, indicated that 39% of WA respondents found there was a negative influence with the other states registering closer to 50%.

Director of WAAA Samantha Reece, who presented the research findings to the Parliamentary Inquiry, stated that it could be anticipated that if action was not taken, WA would also be on the same trajectory as its Eastern States counterparts.

“Residents who buy an apartment as a home should not have to endure ongoing antisocial issues associated with short stay, such as damage to the complex and disruptive behaviour,” Ms Reece said.

“We know of one complex in Mandurah where the lift was damaged by short stay tenants and this cost the strata $100,000 to repair. At the end of the day, this is totally unacceptable, and action needs to be taken to protect residents and their peace of mind.”

Ms Reece added that the registration platform also needed to allow for a complaints process and action against rogue operators.

“WA should not be tolerant of the small percentage of property owners who are not diligent with their bookings and hence cause upheaval for their neighbours and the complex overall,” Ms Reece said.

“If we have repeat offenders they need to be removed from the industry and that is the only way we can assure a win-win situation for apartment owners and the short stay industry overall.”

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