As our council is in the process of regulating Holiday Letting establishments and I live next door to a holiday-let house I would like to share my experience.
The place next door is a large house, sleeps officially up to 8 but at schoolies time this could grow to more. It is a place where one would expect a few problems.
We know the owners, meet them a few times each year to discuss any problems. The place is managed by an agency and we find them very responsible. The renters, particularly the kids, seem to be given detailed instructions on what is acceptable and what is not. Occasionally they eve come to our door, explain who they are, what their plans are and invite us to just let them know if we do have a problem with them.
It seems to me the problem of unruly Holiday lets can be handled by responsible owners and capable agencies. I would not like to see a blanked ban on all holiday letting either by district or through the entire council area. If there are problems then the agencies and the owners should be held to account. It works with our neighbours.
What is the alternative? The owners of these properties have somewhere else to live. If Holiday Lets are prohibited we must assume the places will be rented to long term tenants. Good for these tenants but I may end up with a dysfunctional noisy and unacceptable family for neighbours who are there for an indefinite time. If my neighbours end up being noisy I prefer to know that by the end of the week they are gone, not have a multi year lease.
I feel sorry for residents who come here with the understanding that as soon as they arrive everyone else in the suburb will move away so that they can live an undisturbed squireship in the best place of Australia.
Harald Ehrlich, Suffolk Park