With nearly 20 per cent of all homes in Byron Shire now being holiday let, Council has announced it will start fining unauthorised owners. It will place a particular focus on people renting out secondary dwellings on their proprerty.
Next time you blow a tyre on a pothole in our Shire, don’t curse Council, curse your neighbours who live in Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane and rent their house out on Airbnb or Booking.com. It’s their greed that put it there.
‘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.
A new law passed in NSW parliament last week that aims to regulate the holiday letting industry. Yet it comes incomplete, with major elements such as proposed changes to the SEPP and a code of conduct still to be finalised.
The state government's holiday letting bill is expected to pass parliament this week, yet critics say it is unworkable and vague. And those operators who have DA approvals say it will decimate their industry and leave Council with less revenue.
Angered by the state's proposed new holiday-letting laws, a large group of Byron Shire’s approved accommodation operators are set to meet Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) this Thursday to discuss stopping them in their tracks.
Byron Shire Council is seeking an exemption from the state government’s new short-term holiday-letting laws in a last ditch bid to preserve its policy of restricting short-term letting in residential areas.
New state government restrictions on short-term holiday letting will not apply locally unless councils directly act to implement them and there is no room to vary the 180-day period.
The unauthorised use of residential dwellings for tourism has been contentious in Byron Shire since 2003.
In a move that opens up a new front in the fight against short-term letting, Byron Council is sending letters to every real estate agency in the shire declaring that from now on they, and not just the owner of a property, could be held responsible for illegal short-term letting.
Byron Shire Council is about to commence a major prosecution against an allegedly unauthorised short-term holiday-letting operation in the Land and Environment Court. Tweed Shire Council has indicated it is contemplating similar action.
Of the 15,654 dwellings in the Byron Shire 2,655 properties were advertised on holiday platforms such as Airbnb in 2017, according to new figures released by Byron Shire Council this week.
A Byron Bay resident has told The Echo that Council staff have been unable to act on her complaints about her neighbours’ Airbnb activities, which she says are so intrusive she has had to buy earplugs.
Online accommodation booking website Stayz has weighed into the holiday letting debate, warning that ‘local government is now considering measures that could put local jobs at risk.’
Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson has told his followers on social media, ‘We have no choice but to jump back into the trenches and fire off litigation missiles,’ in an effort to curb unauthorised holiday letting in Byron Bay.
Fast Buck$, Coorabell. Last year Byron Shire Council was trying to establish a set of criteria by which a holiday letter could be prosecuted but needed approval from the Department of Planning to bring them into effect. The department used... Read More →
Legal action against illegal holiday let (including Airbnb) properties could again be pursued after Byron councillors voted unanimously at their March 23 meeting to lift the moratorium should the state government not respond with its own policy by July 1.
Doug Luke, coordinator,Victims Of Holiday Letting. Victims Of Holiday Letting would like to correct misleading information provided by two councillors in Echonetdaily articles. In Echonetdaily of January 24, Cr Richardson stated that ‘Council’s legal challenges for holiday letting compliance had... Read More →
Byron Shire Council has abandoned compliance against holiday letting owners, with Cr Paul Spooner telling The Echo that there were no ‘results being achieved by sending in the lawyers.’
A residents’ group affected by holiday letting have rebuffed comments by Greens mayor Simon Richardson over their view as to how best to handle the issue.
Gerd Modlich, Byron Bay One has only to stroll through the Byron CBD to realise there is a lot of money in the pockets of our visiting tourists. So what is all the fuss Byron Shire Council management is making... Read More →
If you can do something to benefit yourself, should you? What if that thing you do to benefit yourself has long-term negative ramifications for others? What if your benefit is at the cost of others but this was never your intention? Are you still responsible?
One of the key provisions of Byron Shire Council's new holiday-letting plan has not been supported by the state government. And while the council considers what to do next, a new website shows the shire has almost 1,500 properties for rent on Airbnb.
A Alley, Byron Bay Dear New Byron Shire Councillors, Welcome. I do hope you will finally address the glaring, roaring pink elephant in the room of illegal holiday letting. I would imagine it would be possible to fine these makers... Read More →
Byron mayor Simon Richardson has welcomed a state government inquiry into holiday letting across the state but says he won’t hold his breath waiting for the report.