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Frankston City Council to regulate short stay rental properties

Wednesday 29 January 2020

Frankston City’s newest local law will allow Council to ensure an appropriate standard of management for short stay rental accommodation, to minimise the risk of nuisance to neighbouring properties.

The draft Short Stay Rental Accommodation Local Law was released for public consultation on December 21.

At last night’s Ordinary Council Meeting (28 January), Council unanimously voted to have it gazetted unchanged.

The new local law will require owners of short stay accommodation to register their properties with Council.

Owners will be charged an annual registration fee of $150. The penalty for failing to register can range from an infringement of $500 to a conviction and court fine of up to $2000.

Owners will also be required to provide Council the details of a designated person who can be contacted any time of the day or night, to respond to enquiries and complaints.

An owner’s registration may be cancelled if Council receives three substantiated complaints concerning activities at the rental or a single complaint so severe it warrants immediate action.

Frankston City Council Mayor, Sandra Mayer, acknowledged that the majority of short stay rental property owners did the right thing and managed their rentals with respect to surrounding neighbours.

“The new local law endeavours to set a standard of management for short stay properties, currently not covered under any other legislation,” Cr Mayer said.

“It was created in response to noise and nuisance complaints from residents neighbouring a small number of these properties.

“Through the local law Council will have greater powers to respond to these complaints as they arise.”

The Short Stay Rental Accommodation Local Law will come into effect on the day following publication of the notice in the Victoria Government Gazette.This is expected to be in early February.

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