An AirBnb owner has been told to pull out his second kitchen if he wants to keep receiving guests under a new & # 39; nonsensical & # 39; city rule.
Rob Neely told Daily Mail Australia that he was visited by the Noosa Shire Council on Wednesday, who told him that his kitchen was against new statutes and should be removed.
In an email sent to Mr. Neely later that day, the councilor said: & # 39; To meet the requirements of both the existing schedule and the new schedule schedule, you would have to remove the kitchen to comply.
& # 39; The only option for a second kitchen is to have a compliant home that is not suitable for Airbnb / short-term accommodation. & # 39;
Mr. Neely, who is chairman of the NOOSA Hinterland Residents Association, said the new statutes include every & # 39; food preparation area & # 39; exclude, indicating that even a small refrigerator and toaster are not allowed.
Rob Neely (photo) told Daily Mail Australia that he was visited by the Noosa Shire Council on Wednesday
Mr. Neely was told by the municipality that he had to remove the second kitchen in his house (photo), which is located in a part of the house that is closed off from his main residence, used by AirBnb guests
& # 39; Maybe I should remove the refrigerator, the sink, the oven, & # 39; he said. & # 39; It must all go.
& # 39; If they say you can have anything but an oven, people can just put a barbecue outside. But they say you can't have toast, can't drink a cup of tea … it's silly. & # 39;
Neely lives in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, and the house he bought 12 years ago is split in two, half of which is rented out as AirBnb.
He said that many of the other AirBnbs in the area were designed in the same way and would therefore be influenced by the new rule.
& # 39; We live in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, there are a few very large houses, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; There are a huge number of people who rent parts of their house that are locked from the main building. I have looked at 600 today and most have a kitchen. & # 39;
Mr. Neely said he had received a huge response from the community after sharing the information with other AirBnb owners.
He said that the area is highly dependent on tourism and that the changes will affect older guests even more than younger ones.
& # 39; People say it's stupid, you're going to kill the tourist side, & # 39; he explained.
& # 39; All gray nomads who want to live frugally, who do not want to have breakfast, are affected … it is just crazy, it makes no sense.
& # 39; I understand that there are more than 1000 AirBnbs in Noosa. Some are self-contained, but I would dare say that half are rooms in people's houses. & # 39;
Neely said the new statutes would not affect owners who used the AirBnb platform to rent a grandma apartment in their back yard, only those who had a separate area in their existing home for paying guests.
Mr. Neely said the law was written in a way that would even prohibit having a toaster in the AirBnb part of his house
He believes that the wording is a & # 39; oversight & # 39; belongs to the municipality, which may have tried to prevent double occupation.
& # 39; I don't think they wanted to do it … I think it's an overview, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; It's damn stupid, who's going to stay at an AirBnb where you can't eat?
& # 39; Technically, it will prevent people from having breakfast. It's ridiculous. & # 39;
Mr. Neely has been told that he should advise the council whether he will remove the kitchen or stop using AirBnb before November 27.
The Noosa man said the area was a popular tourist destination and would suffer if AirBnbs were forced to make the changes
The Noosa Shire Council said claims that they moved to ban kitchens on short-term accommodation & # 39; incorrect & # 39; goods.
& # 39; Each detached house in Queensland may contain a bathroom, toilet, kitchen and bedroom. However, houses may only have one kitchen per home & # 39 ;, the municipality said in a statement.
& # 39; A secondary home can have a kitchen, but it is required by the government that each secondary home must be used in combination with a detached house on the same piece of land and may only be used by members of the current household and not separately to people who are not connected to that household. & # 39;
Director Kim Rawlings said they have received a complaint about a property being used for Airbnb in the short term.
She said a study showed that the local resident has one house with two kitchens, that & # 39; is not approved and does not comply with the & # 39; planning schedule.
Ms. Rawlings said it & # 39; not the case & # 39; was that holiday homes for a short stay had to remove their kitchens.
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