Louise Andrews, Byron Bay
I agree with Mike Hartley and Jenny Coman (Byron Shire Echo 25 November) regarding Byron Council’sl proposed holiday letting strategy.
There is already a law in place to regulate holiday letting that the Council has chosen not to enforce. How then, can we have any confidence that Council will enforce their new proposed controls?
And yes, Jenny, why is VOHL (Victims of Holiday Letting) urging us to accept open slather on holiday letting after campaigning against it for so long?
Under the new holiday letting free-for-all we are told that a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ policy will exist.
I’d like to know upon whom is the onus to prove that there has been a disturbance from a holiday let property, and what constitutes a disturbance?
And how are you, the beleaguered sleep deprived resident, supposed to prove it? What if (and why not?) the holiday let tenant denies all? And fights back? Our council has a proven track record of doing nothing in this regard so we can expect doing nothing will continue to be done.
Council does have a duty of care to its ratepayers and the resident community of the shire.
There already exists a clear planning policy that prohibits tourist accommodation in residential zones. The Council, as the consent authority, has no discretion in this matter but is legally required to enforce the Building Code of Australia. Why doesn’t it?