Let’s be honest, the holiday letting situation is an ugly, illegal disaster that Byron Shire Council ignores. It wrecks neighborhoods. The idea of legitimising it reeks of legalised crime.
In reality, the effect of the policy changes will only be to weaken councils’ ability to prosecute offenders, which is of course the purpose of the policy. As such, this will cost ratepayers millions of dollars in foregone revenue. But council knows that.
It devalues the investment of every legitimate operator, you know, those idiots who actually bought in the correct zonings and paid proper fees to run B ‘n’ Bs?
Legalising crime and robbing the ratepayers. Why should anyone be surprised.
Matthew Hartley, Byron Bay