Some apartment residents are fearing their homes could become “virtual hotels” like other blocks where short-term lets have been allowed to spread: having to put up with out of control all-weekend parties.
“This stinks,” said one strata resident owner. “We are going to be sold down the river, just like the taxi drivers were with Uber-X.”
Mr Dominello’s other major role, overseeing Fair Trading, has seen him draw criticism from both owners and renters in the strata sector.
“It’s a bit alarming that the considerable known problems of owners and tenants illegally letting their apartments wasn’t even mentioned,” says Karen Stiles, executive officer of the Owners Corporation Network (OCN) the strata owners’ lobby group.
“Short-term lets are turning some residential buildings into virtual hotels, only without the safeguards, security and services that hotels have to provide by law,” she added.