Byron Shire Councillor Michael Lyon has expressed disappointment that pleas made directly to the NSW Premier during her recent visit for a special exemption for Byron Shire from the state’s holiday letting laws have fallen on deaf ears.
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.
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.
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 currently monitoring 180 holiday-let premises in the shire and has already issued notices to two of them advising them to cease, according to Cr Michael Lyons (Greens).
Owners of a Casuarina property that bills itself as offering ‘private beach-front luxury for the discerning traveller’ are shutting their doors, claiming they have been ‘specifically and … unfairly… targeted for legal action by Tweed Shire Council’.
D Wallace, Suffolk Park. It was recently reported that Airbnb spokesperson Brent Thomas claims that mayor Simon Richardson is ‘demonising his Shire’s residents turning to home sharing to make a little extra income’. Harsh words from a representative of a multinational... Read More →
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... Read More →
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.
Doug Luke, co-ordinator, Victims Of Holiday Letting. The Byron community has seen a massive increase in illegal holiday lets during the past four years. This has been to the detriment of our community.
The NSW planning department have deferred Byron’s holiday-letting strategy until the government releases its own options paper on the issue.
S. Wright, Byron Bay. You have to wonder what sort of community we have created when, in order for your neighbour to profit from an air b n b, you have to take sleeping pills so that you are not disturbed by 'guests' returning from yet another night out.
Our homes and neighbourhoods are under attack. The online, multinational, tax-evading, short term holiday letting disruptors would like to fill them all with tourists. Communities around the world are being damaged by these disruptors.
Doug Luke, coordinator, VOHL. Victims Of Holiday Letting (VOHL) congratulate Byron Shire Council for lifting the four year moratorium on prosecution of unauthorised tourist and visitor accommodation (illegal holiday letting) at the June 22 General Meeting.
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 →
NSW MPs have been invited to a special event at Parliament House on Thursday where Airbnb employees and ‘selected super-hosts’ will ‘advise them on home sharing and the visitor economy in NSW’, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
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.’
Syd Craythorn, Byron Bay. ‘Holiday letting’ seems to be a term used mainly by the real estate industry, not the planning law fraternity. To my knowledge there is no definition of ‘holiday letting’ in either the state or local planning... Read More →
Ruth Dare , Bangalow I have no objection to the bed tax that is being suggested by Paul Spooner et al; in fact I think it is an excellent idea. However, to equate holiday letting to a commercial activity, as some... Read More →
An estimated 1,500 homes zoned residential now let full-time as tourist accommodation. A Labor and Green councillor reject plan by former mayoral candidate Matthew Hartley to shut down ‘illegal’ holiday letting.
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?
Households with three or less bedrooms in Byron Shire will now be a allowed to rent out rooms for 90 days each year without gaining development consent.
Tom Tabart, Bangalow. I attended and gave evidence to the Legislative Assembly inquiry into holiday letting (HL) last Monday. The holiday-let lobby turned up with seven delegates to community members three.
Matthew Hartley, Byron Bay. Let's be honest, the holiday letting situation is an ugly, illegal disaster that Byron Shire Council ignores. It wrecks neighborhoods. The idea of legitimising it reeks of legalised crime.
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.