A policy that would dramatically change how holiday rental homes are managed is on display at Byron Shire Council, with public submissions closing tomorrow: Friday, December 4.
Doug Luke, Victims of Holiday Letting. The Short Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) document is on exhibition until December 4. VOHL is currently receiving feedback about increased problems with holiday letting in all areas but particularly Brunswick Heads.
Signage outside holiday let premises, the introduction of development consent and higher rate charges are just some of the measures Byron Shire Council has put forward as part of its strategy to manage the industry.
NSW Greens MLC and former Byron Shire mayor Jan Barham has reacted against the shire's draft holiday-letting plan by tabling a motion in state parliament to ban the practice except in defined tourism zones.
A plan to try to regulate Byron Shire’s booming but illegal holiday letting industry is now out for public comment. Up to 900 properties in the shire are understood to be currently holiday let, causing many sleepless nights for some residents.
Doug Luke, Co-ordinator VOHL, Byron Bay. Victims of Holiday Letting (VOHL) strongly oppose unregulated and problematic illegal holiday letting in Byron Shire.
Dorothy Mullins , Byron Bay. The balance between tourism and the local community has always been a fraught topic, not just here in Byron. Locals don't want to live in tourist enclaves and tourists want to be part of the local home-grown ambience.
Adrian Gattenhof, Mullumbimby. The perpetrators of holiday letting are deliberately rorting the rates system to their illegitimate financial advantage at the expense of the rest of the community. They pay residential rates on high-intensity commercial activities for which much higher rates are normally and rightly charged.
Matt Hartley, Byron Bay. Let’s not pretend illegal holiday letting is anything else, and the reported fact that our council is secretly meeting with the illegal operators makes it clear as crystal. Now, let us be honest.
Jan Barham, Broken Head. There is no doubt that there is a housing crisis in Byron Shire, particularly Byron Bay. The recent Anglicare snapshot of housing affordability found that there were no affordable rentals in Byron Bay. So what should be done?
Matt Hartley, Byron Bay. I laughed. What else was there to do? Our soon-to-be-ex mayor has brought down the house, declaring that – gasp! – holiday letting isn’t the problem after all. It’s really ‘Air BnB’!