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April 13, 2021

Holiday-letting exploitation

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The majority of holiday lets (and the problems they bring) are in the immediate coastal areas of our shire – Byron Bay, Suffolk Park, Brunswick Heads.

The hinterland towns do not promote themselves as holiday towns, preferring to attract the day tourists when it rains in the coastal resorts or the Gold Coast.

Many people chose to live in the hinterland towns in preference to the coast to avoid the resort life and its vicissitudes.

To permit unlimited holiday letting in the residential zones of hinterland towns, apart from being illegal, will encourage holiday letting exploitation in these towns and ruin their quiet character.

Please councillors, if you must be party to undermining our zoning laws, be sensible and limit your illegal holiday letting proposals to the shire’s coastal resort towns.

After all, we have many other planning rules that differentiate our towns. Why can’t this approach be taken with respect to holiday letting?

Then, absentee landlords and investors will know where they are not welcome, leaving genuine residential buyers knowing where they can live without holiday letting despoilation.

The new proposals make a lottery of home buying.

Tony Hart, Bangalow

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  1. In the interest of equity apply the Planning Laws and get rid of all the illegal HL’s in R2 zones in Byron Shire.
    The dark forces of HL are gathering for further assaults on neighbourhood amenity in residential zones. Representatives of the holiday letting mob were seen and heard meeting with councillors Hunter, Woods and Wanchap at the Happy Dolphin Café in Brunswick Heads last month. Discussion revolved around how their HL financial interests could be protected. No mention of protection of neighbourhood amenity surrounding the HL’s. They are still putting forward the same tired, incorrect old line that holiday letting is legal. This is completely contrary to the legal decision handed down in the NSW Land and Environment Court in 2013.

  2. We have holiday letters all around us right now. It’s horrible! They have no respect for their neighbours or our streets or who parks where or where rubbish goes. They just don’t care – and they’re all “managed” by local real estate companies [and locally-based online accommodation providers]. It’s just horrible….

    I’ve vowed to NEVER have any dealings with any company or individuals involved in holiday letting in Byron Bay. They are destroying the community. When it comes time to sell, you lot will never get the listing. I hope others will do the same.


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