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John WilsonJohn Wilson
  • Department Name: Perth Fire Services

Since Council adopted the bylaw, they should also provide sufficient staffing to carry out the duties of the bylaw. If they don’t want to provide the staffing, they shouldn’t have adopted the bylaw.

As we all know, whether we inspect or not, the owner is always responsible. And we also all know, the vast majority of landlords we deal with ‘think’ they are in compliance, and usually they are wrong. From my perspective, the affidavit would be pointless. I’d never sign one as an owner and I’d never accept one as FPO.  The only additional requirements that would come into play for short term rentals (compared to other rentals) is and for the landlord to test alarms after every change in tenancy. And that’s only a change in frequency of the testing, not the requirement to do it.

Do you already have that as a process for any other occupancies that you don’t inspect every year?  Why not just change it to a 3 year cycle?

There’s been lots of talk over the years about inspecting these type of occupancies. Have there been any studies to show they are any higher of risk than any other type of property or occupancy? Personally, I see zero difference for risk between them and any other residential rental. But I also haven’t seen any studies either.