About three months ago a woman from the mid-north coast took her neighbour to court over holiday letting, the council (as always) not being interested. She won even though that council’s LEP was less clearcut than our own LEP rules.
In the upshot the Sydney Morning Herald ran an article that was a sub-story in favour of holiday letting, citing a particular person whose mother was able to be in a nursing home only because of income from holiday letting; boo-hoo. I was stunned by how blatantly one-sided the article was and how it set out not to look at the issue but to present the holiday-letting case favourably, à la Murdoch.
In a recent SMH the explanation was unwittingly provided. The holiday-letting company Stayz is owned by Fairfax! So much for Fairfax’s much-bragged-about ‘Charter of Editorial Independence’.
Holiday letting seems untouchable but I see it as forcing house prices up and forcing rents up, as well as encouraging absentee landlords and a general atmosphere of greed, plunder and cynicism. A residential zoning ought to guarantee you neighbours who are residents, not tourists.
Fast Buck$, Coorabell