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Holiday letting woes will get bigger

Our homes and neighbourhoods are under attack. The online, multinational, tax-evading, short term holiday letting disruptors would like to fill them all with tourists. Communities around the world are being damaged by these disruptors.

The two main disruptors in NSW are AirBnB and Stayz. They are busy lobbying government to develop legislation that suits their business interests. One of these lobbyists is a former NSW coalition government minister.

AirBnB has lobbied to retain the current status quo. That is, allow holiday letting anywhere a residence could be built with none or very limited regulation. Victims of Holiday Letting (VOHL) call this the ‘no touch’ approach.

Stayz and the two holiday letting organisations are lobbying for registration and self- regulation through the Holiday Rental Code of Conduct. This is the ‘soft touch’ approach.

The highly discredited Code has been in use for 5 years. There has been no independent evaluation. It has not protected residential amenity. Self-regulation has been unsuccessful in many industries, including in holiday letting.

The NSW Government in its Options Paper is seeking feedback on the type and degree of impacts created by short term holiday letting.

VOHL urges all residents to read the Options Paper and make a submission by October 31. The option of retaining current world class NSW Planning Legislation and applying the law against illegal holiday letting has not been offered. This can be provided by residents as an option in their submission.

Further information can be found on:

http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Policy-and-Legislation/Under-review-and-new-Policy-and-Legislation/Short-term-holiday-letting

Doug Luke, co-ordinator, VOHL

 


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