Short-stay regulation reaches common ground

A survey conducted by WA Apartment Advocacy of short-stay property owners and their neighbours over the last two months, has found a genuine desire from both groups, for short-stay regulation.

The survey of 130 parties (of which 21% were short-stay owners) found that 60% of owners were concerned about factors like short-stay guests holding parties, excessive noise (70%) and guests being disrespectful (56%).

The neighbours of these short-stay properties also echoed these concerns, and in addition, that guests might not abide by council by-laws (66%).

As such, 42% of the short stay owners and 70% of the neighbours (affected by these properties) agreed that the WA short-stay sector should be regulated.

Ms Reece, Director of WA Apartment Advocacy believes that short-stay accommodation needs to be addressed in strata by-laws as a mandatory condition.

“If you do not have a by-law for short-stay in your development then you are open to potential issues with no means of recourse,” Ms Reece said.

“With 65% of buyers in the WA market being owner-occupier, it is important that the development sector is more proactive in relation to inserting by-laws that prevent short-stay, or otherwise ensure that the buyers are aware that no such by-law exists.

“Most buyers are wanting a private lifestyle and the intrusion of short-stay can detract from that.”

But Ms Reece also warned Council of Owners (COO) against introducing by-laws that were overly restrictive.

“I saw a recent by-law which prohibited any occupancy less than three months.  This means that if someone was going away and wanted a relative to house-sit, and it was less than three months, then this resident would be in breach of the by-law,” Ms Reece said.

“COOs need to be clear what it is that they wish to restrict before creating associated by-laws and I would strongly advise they gain legal advice in advance.”

The research also found that 30% of the neighbours had made a complaint about a short-stay property, with 67% reporting to the strata manager, 43% to the local council and 29% to the owner.

Ms Reece stated that while disruption was welcome in the property sector, there was also a need to protect the interests of buyers.

“It is appropriate to provide all the details about a property and its occupancy so that buyers can make informed decisions. This degree of transparency would be a good move for the property sector overall.”

Published by


PropertyESP is a group of property experts – analysts, marketers, PR people, sales experts – who understand Australia’s obsession with property and love to share that knowledge. At PropertyESP, we appreciate property and exploring what is being sold and how that is changing over time. We like to get behind the trends to see what people are buying and selling at the local level. We share our knowledge with our clients so they can make informed decisions when developing, buying and selling property. We believe that better understanding leads to better decision-making.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s