Does the Noosa Council Planning Legislation affect your Airbnb property?
Updated: Nov 9, 2019
An Airbnb host in Noosa has been forced to remove a second kitchen in his home where he runs an Airbnb listing as a dual occupancy from his residence.
According to Noosa Council the property is non-compliant with current planning legislation. Following a complaint from a neighbour that the home was operating as an Airbnb/short-term let, the council investigation concluded tha the home owner was to remove the second kitchen area - despite the fact the kitchen was already exisiting in the home which he purchased 12 years ago.
In a somewhat confusing statement the council has stated that they don’t want to ban kitchens in short-term let properties but state a second kitchen can't be used by a short-term let tenant and only by existing, full-time occupants of the home.
As a result the Airbnb host effected will no longer be able to offer guests somewhere to prepare even basic meals such as breakfast.
There could be many other property owners in the same predicament - owning a property which is operating as a dual occupancy dwelling and does require council approval.
If you are thinking of buying a property in Noosa or own an existing dwelling that you would like to convert to an Airbnb property then be sure to get the right information - directly from the Noosa Shire Council prior to listing.
This planning legislation does not affect property owners who want to short-term let their own home - single dwelling.
The official news story can be read here: https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/queensland-airbnb-hosts-warned-hundreds-could-be-operating-outside-the-law-c-545443
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