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Holiday letting Code of Conduct now in force

The NSW government’s mandatory Fair Trading short term rental accommodation (STRA) Code of Conduct commenced Friday, December 18.

Short-term rental code of conduct released by govt

A long-awaited Code of Conduct to regulate holiday letting has been released by the NSW government, which includes a mandatory premises register that the government...

Surge of ex-Airbnbs hits rental market

There has been a large increase in the number of properties available for rent in the Byron Shire, as former Airbnb and short-term holiday...

Holiday rental website critical of Council’s new policy

Calls by online holiday rental agency Stayz for Byron Council to abandon its own holiday letting policy and adopt the NSW government’s yet to be adopted policy has been dismissed by Greens Cr Michael Lyon.

A closer peek at Byron Shire Council’s holiday letting policy

Residents have until January 30 to have their say on Council’s short term holiday letting policy that will aim to regulate holiday letting through platforms like Airbnb and Stayz.

Premier ignores Byron Council’s pleas over holiday letting

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. 

Holiday letting legislation passes NSW parliament

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. 

Greens, ALP slam Sydney-centric holiday-let rules

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.

Real estate agents warned over holiday letting

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 council has 180 holiday-lets in its sights

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).

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Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced recently new economic figures showing...

Monkey see

Daniel Brown, Byron Bay Back in my early youth growing up in Mt Eliza Victoria in the ‘90s I’d secretly look up to and admire...

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its treatment of Aboriginal people, complicity...

Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some interest and also, I am...