Byron Bay residents sick of being kept up all night by parties in nearby holiday let properties might be interested to find out that one council is taking action against the practice – in Western Australia.
ABC Perth reports that the Shire of Busselton in the state’s southwest is preparing to make holiday home owners take more responsibility for those who rent them.
The council wants owners of holiday rental homes to register their property, have the house inspected regularly and be on call 24 hours a day.
The shire’s ‘lifestyle development director’ Nigel Bancroft told the radio station last month that the move was prompted by a recent increase in the number of people letting out their holiday homes.
‘A lot of them are now really commercial enterprises,’ said Mr Bancroft.
‘They’re leased out on a regular basis for tourists to come in for the weekend and that does create quite a few issues with the shire.’
He also said that a state government policy position on planning approvals and permissions for holiday homes within local government areas was one of the reasons for the change.