Short-Term Rentals: Who's Responsible?

In the summer months, the Mornington Peninsula becomes a hive of activity. Many out of towners flock to our beachside suburb for a getaway utilising the range of short-term accommodation we have to offer. There are currently 24,000-holiday homes on the Mornington Peninsula, with over 3000 being used for short-term stay rentals. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is looking to fine landlords who allow party-goers to rent their properties, with a spike in complaints since this time last year. Concerns from locals include overcrowding, loud music, bad language, yelling, rubbish and parking problems. Have you had problems with a short-term rental near you? Keep reading to see who’s responsible for bad behaviour. Short Stay Rental Accommodation Laws Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is set to introduce a local law to combat the potential impacts of anti-social behaviour on the local community from occupants of short stay rental accommodation properties across the peninsula.The Shire’s proposed local law will include the creation a Registration System that will identify the owner of a short term rental on the Mornington Peninsula and will require the owner to nominate an appointed agent who must respond immediately (within two hours) to complaints from neighbours. Who’s responsible? The Council wants landlords held responsible for the actions of their short stay tenants. Some listings on Stayz and Airbnb for Mornington Peninsula rentals promote accommodation for large groups of people. While there is a range of council laws for noise, should landlords be punished for the actions of short-term tenants? The council thinks so. Last month a prohibition notice was issued for a property, and it was removed from short-term rental listings. Do you have questions about property on the Mornington Peninsula? Eview can help, contact us here: (03) 5971 0300

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