Accident waiting to happenThe property known as the Taj Mahal on the Swan has been labelled a safety hazard and an “accident waiting to happen” as teenagers turn the abandoned mansion into a party house.
Youths regularly trespass on the partially built Peppermint Grove house to host parties, according to neighbours, including a noisy event on New Year’s Eve.
One resident said the unfinished home – offered for sale for $40 million about three years ago – was a potential deathtrap because its sweeping, three-storey staircase does not have any balustrading.
Peppermint Grove Shire Council confirmed complaints about the safety of the youths but said it was powerless to address the problem.
Shire chief executive John Merrick said the site fell under the control of the Australian Taxation Office, which has a freezing order in place over owner Radhika Oswal’s $186 million unpaid tax bill. The case could last years.
Nearby residents have called for someone to take responsibility because they are fed up with noisy and potentially dangerous parties that lasted into the early hours of the morning.
“It’s not a case of if someone gets hurt, it’s a matter of when,” a resident, who declined to be named, said.
“That place is an accident waiting to happen.”