The man once dubbed Tasmania’s ‘worst ever’ serial rapist has lost his Airbnb licence after neighbours complained of constant nudity, sex and substance use at the home.
Shane Ronald Farmer, who drugged and sexually abused seven women at his Launceston and Hobart nightclubs between 1990 and 2001, unsuccessfully applied for a visitor accommodation permission for his Sandy Bay property.
He was sentenced to 10 years in jail in 2004 for rape, abduction, aggravated indecent assault and administering a drug to commit rape.
He served six-and-a-half years in jail before being released on parole in 2011.
Tasmania’s ‘worst ever’ convicted serial rapist has had an Airbnb account for his ‘party house’ suspended after neighbours reported nudity, sex and ‘substance’ use there
Shane Ronald Farmer, who drugged and sexually abused seven women at his Launceston and Hobart nightclubs, applied for visitor accommodation permission for the property
Farmer, now 56, lodged a visitor accommodation permit application with the Hobart City Council, the ABC reported.
But the property had been listed on Airbnb without the appropriate permit before he applied, the council found.
Neighbours told a Hobart City Council planning meeting they had complained to police about disturbing occurrences at the house several times.
‘There are people urinating off balconies, there’s loud, abusive, obnoxious yelling, there is curt remarks, there is drunken behaviour, throwing of beer bottles, nudity, sex, and other substances being passed around at parties,’ said Cedric Mannen, who lives next door.
He said ‘disturbances’ at the house were reported to police.
Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting Farmer was involved in any of the parties.
Neighbours told a Hobart City Council planning meeting they had complained to police about occurrences at the house several times
Mr Mannen said he believed incidents were being under-reported by neighbours because some had concerns for their safety.
Over an 11-year period Farmer raped or sexually assaulted seven women aged from 16 to 21.
The court was told he spiked the drinks of his victims who were either employees or patrons of Farmer’s club, The Playroom.
The council debated Farmer’s holiday house application but did not take into account his criminal record.
It did not state whether Farmer would continue to live in part of the home.
But the council did hear that a noise detector alarm system had been installed there and that the guest capacity was reduced from 13 to eight.
Airbnb however issued a statement confirming Farmer was no longer allowed to be on its platform due to his criminal record.
A neighbour said ‘disturbances’ at the house were reported to police
‘People who have been convicted of certain offences, including sexual assault offences, are ineligible from holding an Airbnb account, as are individuals affiliated with organised crime and extremist groups,’ an Airbnb statement said.
The council voted to unanimously deny Farmer’s application.
Farmer’s property manager told The Mercury on Monday that he was not in breach of any council rules by operating without a permit, because he only put it up for rent when he was away, meaning he fell under a house sharing regulation.
There have been concerns raised across Australia by sexual assault services that not enough background checks are done into the character of people providing short and medium-term accommodation options.