‘Three strikes and you’re out’: Landlords warned
A SWIMMING pool curfew proposed for short-term letting stays is supported by a Noosa residents' lobby group along with a three-strikes and you are out for landlords found to be breaching guidelines designed to preserve neighbouring amenity.
Monday, November 11, is the final day of public submissions to Noosa Council proposed short-term planning changes and Noosa Shire Residents and Ratepayers Association president Adrian Williams is urging to have their say.
Mr Williams said the new local law changes proposes regulation of things such as pool and fire safety, the number of people on the premises, provision of off-street parking and bin storage.
He said all of these appear to be a reasonable approach.
"Our members have told us the impacts of short term letting in residential areas is a major problem," Mr Williams.
Mr Williams said another likely change was for a contact person be available 24 hours a day and not live more than 20 minutes drive from the letting property, with contact details are to be displayed on the exterior of the property.
"We find this to be a reasonable approach, that instead of council being first point of call operators have the option to deal with complaints," he said.
He said while the swimming pool use curfew of between before 7am and after 10pm may seem unduly restrictive to holiday-makers, his group thinks a common sense enforcement approach will prevail.
"We support the proposal that after three convictions a licence is suspended or withdrawn," he said.
He said the three-strike proposal, for three upheld breaches in a two-year period, would place the onus on the person letting out the property to do the right thing by neighbours.
"Given that operators are to be the first point of call for most complaints, we believe council will only be approached when operators have not dealt effectively with complaints," Mr Williams said.
He said the NSRRA believes neighbours "are unlikely to complain about small breaches and law officers are experienced in assessing vexatious complaints".
"The overall intention of the law is to restrict noise levels in residential areas so residents can get sufficient sleep for work and schooling," Mr Williams said.
Mr Williams said submissions to council on these reforms can be made to email@example.com.
Mayor Tony Wellington said the new rules are intended to improve the level of management of properties.