Calls are being made for action to be taken regarding 'party houses' and the associated overcrowding, drug use, alcohol abuse, property damage and late night noise.
Calls are being made for action to be taken regarding 'party houses' and the associated overcrowding, drug use, alcohol abuse, property damage and late night noise. Max Fleet

Calls to shut down coast’s party houses

COFFS Harbour City Council is being urged to follow the lead of Gold Coast City Council and introduce new regulations to shut down so-called 'party houses'.

The Gold Coast has taken action to curb the incidences of 'party houses' and the associated overcrowding, drug use, alcohol abuse, property damage, late night noise and frequent violence that have been widely reported.

In a call to local authorities, the peak organisation for strata title and community title management says the introduction of these regulations will go a long way to safeguarding from the party house issues that can seriously disrupt and damage the homes and livelihoods of property owners and managers.

"This action by the Gold Coast City Council should be commended. This has been a long-term problem and we're happy residents will be better protected against damage to their properties," Strata Community Australia CEO Kim Henshaw said.

As a popular region for party-goers, managers, owners and residents of the Gold Coast strata communities had long witnessed the mounting risks posed by party houses in apartment buildings.

Byron Shire Council was the first to implement regulations around nuisance, with the Gold Coast following suit.

As per these new regulations, party houses are defined as any properties or dwellings regularly used by short-term letting guests for parties, including raves, bucks' nights, hens' nights and wedding receptions.

"Obviously this is a crucial protective measure for the strata sector in areas where tourist-centric, short-term letting thrives like Coffs Harbour, but we see application for this type of regulation throughout New South Wales," Mr Henshaw said.



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