Watergate Decision

Implications for Short Term Letting  

This important case the Victorian Building Appeals Board (BAB) decided to disallow short-term use of residential apartments, in what appeared a landmark case with implications Australia-wide. 

It was found that short term letting of apartments contravened the Occupancy Permit.  With the growth of Air B&B and Stayz.com this is becoming an issue for Owners Corporations.

Important lessons:

  • Know your Occupany Permit.
  • Review your rules.

On appeal to the Vic Supreme Court, that decision was overturned.  However this short-term apartment battle goes on, with the City of Melbourne appealing the Supreme Court Watergate decision. 

Watch this space!

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