Doug Luke, Co-ordinator VOHL.
Victims of Holiday Letting (VOHL) congratulate Byron Shire Council on their recent update on their website of information about illegal short term holiday letting (STHL) in our shire. Council recognises that holiday letting damages residential amenity.
Quoting from this information ‘Holiday letting is not a new issue. Council resolutions, bought about due to the rise in complaints, on the subject of STHL date back to 2003. Complaints include:
- Prohibited development in residential areas
- Loss of neighbourhood amenity
- Noise and antisocial behaviour, particularly from late-night parties
- Excessive numbers of people and cars
- Parking which may block driveways or impede visibility and traffic movement
- Excess or poorly managed garbage.
In addition to these adverse impacts, housing affordability and stock has also became an issue with houses being purchased specifically for holiday letting purposes, therefore decreasing the available stock in the rental market.’
Council is currently using a number of options to prosecute illegal holiday letting. This includes prosecution in the NSW Land and Environment Court.
On Council’s webpage is a tab to report problem, illegal holiday letting. We urge all residents who have their residential amenity damaged by illegal holiday letting to report it to council enforcement. You do not have to tolerate this damage.