Oct 21, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Holiday letting to be phased out at Pretoria’s Blyde ‘beach’ estate

Pretoria’s “beach” will no longer have guests on the weekend after a meeting with homeowners voted to prevent “noisy” short stays that “bring cool boxes and party in the parking lot”.

< span> Balwin Properties, the developers of the Blyde Riverwalk Estate, confirmed Thursday night that the short-term rental would likely expire. They said an official statement will be released on Friday.

This comes after an ongoing dispute between some homeowners who live in the lagoon permanently and those who rent their homes for vacation.

Landlord Thabo Selebe went to Twitter after the vote and said: “Monopoly capital alive and well”.

In an interview with TimesLIVE, he said: “Despite numerous attempts to enter into a constructive engagement with HOA [House Owners Association] … the estate management and Balwin urged to vote against short-term tenants – Airbnb owners – for a hotel. “

Selebe commented on the plans to build a hotel on the property.

< p> Balwin said they are considering a hotel but haven’t made any plans yet. Some short-term landlords believe the property is trying to challenge them so that Balwin can benefit from the hotel – a claim the developers deny.

Selebe said the meeting with all residents was a failure.

“Another meeting was called through Zoom. Ultimately, the vote took place and Balwin won the majority vote [and] overtook everyone. One of the board members protested the meeting, saying that not everything was done to ensure that the Meeting was properly held, ”he told their rentals.

In the meantime, the C Community Schemes Ombud Service has registered a dispute over regulations.

Ombudsman Boyce Mkhize said the Blyde matter has been reviewed.

Selebe said, “The only hope we have right now is that CSOS will decide it or something.” < / p>

The Pretoria property has around 900 properties ms or long-term rental apartments and 200 short-term rental apartments. Balwin says an additional 2,000 units will be built.

However, the property’s popularity with tourists has led landlords renting properties for short stays to crack down after complaints about crowds and noise.

The property enacted new regulations last month to limit the number of day visitors by increasing the fees for using the lagoon from R100 to R250 per person.

At the time, Balwin said the regulations were supposed to prevent overcrowding.

“We had people stealing extra access cards, bringing coolers of alcohol in and partying in the parking lot,” Balwin said. < / p>

The homeowners association, who are mostly Balwin members as the developers still own the majority of the property, also decided to double the dues and place a R 2,500 deposit for guests with short term lending add.

The regulations also restricted all homeowners to guests who were based on the size of their apartment. One bedroom was limited to one lagoon access code and two guests, two bedrooms to two access codes and four guests, etc. adversely affected them, and the issue came to a head when some residents played outside the property, leading to an emergency meeting where it was decided that all homeowners would vote on the matter.