Byron Council won’t take legal action over holiday-let complaints

Last week The Echo received a complaint from residents affected by a holiday-let property in Brunswick Heads.

The Echo asked Council if they were aware of the issue and if they will commence inquiries. Staff replied that there are ‘registered complaints’ on the property.

Lack of detail

‘Council is not commencing any new legal actions with respect to short-term holiday letting until the NSW government finalises its reforms in this area,’ staff said.

‘Presently, there have only been changes passed to the NSW Fair Trading and Strata Act and no changes to planning legislation.

‘There remains a lack of detail about the content of the new code of conduct, and how the new supporting planning laws will work in with this code.

‘Council believes by default the enforcement of the code will fall to Council with no additional resources and with a community that is concerned about the impact of short-term holiday letting, Council will not be able to meet community expectations.

Deferral request

‘Byron Shire Council is asking the NSW government to either grant a deferral to the new planning laws, or at least local provisions to protect our local community from the impacts of short-term holiday let.’ The Echo contacted the property owner via the Airbnb platform but they declined to comment.

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