David Wallace, Suffolk Park
The following query was recently sent to NSW Planning Minister Mr Rob Stokes:
On Friday, 9 April, 2021, the DPIE (Department of Planning, Industry and Environment) released information on the SEPP (State Environmental Planning Policy) amendment and registration process for STRA (Short Term Rental Accommodation). I have read all documents and information sheets provided.
I have a major concern about a major omission and error in the registration process of STRA. When the 2018 bill on STRA was presented to Parliament the only amendment accepted by both Houses was the Alex Greenwich (Independent MP for the electorate of Sydney) proposal for registration of STRA.
Following is a quote from this amendment ‘and for the registration system to include details when residential premises are used for these purposes.’
During debate on the bill it was made clear that hosts had to provide dates in the registration process for when they were going to short-term rent the dwelling. For example, for an un-hosted STRA in a 180-day-cap zone, details of dates for short-term rental need to be provided.
On reading the section on registration in the information sheet provided for hosts, no information was provided about supplying dates for use of the dwelling as an STRA. I also did a ‘mock’ online registration for an un-hosted STRA in a 180-day-cap zone and was not asked to provide dates for use as an STRA.
I duly request, as a matter of urgency, that to meet your legal obligation under Parliamentary legislation that this be rectified before there are too many online registrations.
In the proposals put forward by the DPIE in the 2019 public exhibition on STRA, one proposal was that there should be a limit of two persons of any age per bedroom, up to a maximum of six bedrooms. I agreed with this saying that it was sensible. In the SEPP amendment this has not been included. By not restricting numbers of people in an STRA, this approach will inevitably lead to overcrowding and resultant loss of neighbouring residential amenity. The Code of Conduct could be used, but this will only happen after the disruption.
I am seeking an explanation for the reasons why this potential regulation was not included.