David Wallace, Byron Bay. Offensive noise from tenants in holiday lets is a major problem for surrounding neighbours. The noise can damage the amenity of a minimum of five adjacent residences.
Yvonne Jessup, Byron Bay. Submissions to the State Legislative Assembly inquiry on 'the adequacy of the regulation of short-term holiday letting in NSW' are due on Monday November 9.
North coast Greens MP and former Byron Shire mayor Jan Barham has welcomed a NSW parliamentary inquiry into holiday letting and says it is a chance for Byron and Tweed residents to have their say on the unregulated industry.
L. Saintclaire, Byron Bay. How many Byron residents knew that Byron Shire Council was drawing up a new draft on holiday letting behind closed doors and by invitation only? How many knew that 'workshops' were being held deciding how to go forward with Byron Bay's 900 plus holiday lets?
Byron Shire Council is poised to consider placing permanent controls on holiday letting after its controversial draft strategy attracted more than 150 submissions in its recent six-week exhibition period.
Tony Hart, Bangalow. Allowing holiday lets indiscriminately all over Byron shire takes equality to a ridiculous level.
Lorraine Ward, Byron Bay. Not worried about holiday letting? Well you should be.
Harald Ehrlich, Suffolk Park. As our council is in the process of regulating Holiday Letting establishments and I live next door to a holiday-let house I would like to share my experience.
Doug Luke, VOHL. Much as we love you, Jenny Coman, and your great contribution to our community we do feel that you have misrepresented the position taken by Victims of Holiday Letting.
Louise Andrews, Byron Bay. Under the new holiday letting free-for-all we are told that a 'three strikes and you're out' policy will exist. I'd like to know upon whom is the onus to prove that there has been a disturbance from a holiday let property, and what constitutes a disturbance?
Jenny Coman, Bangalow. It’s hard to believe that after all the complaints and the horror stories behind them, Victims of Holiday Letting are urging us to ‘actively support’ the proposed holiday letting strategy currently on exhibition by Byron Shire Council.
Doug Luke, coordinator, Victims of Holiday Letting, Byron Bay. Nine hundred holiday lets in Byron Shire! That’s 900 houses without permanent residents. No neighbour you can get to know and help build our community.
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.
A plan to try to regulate Byron shire's booming but illegal holiday-letting industry is now out for public comment.
Tweed shire councillors have overturned their planners advice and approved the dual use of up to 10 dwellings on the Tweed Coast so they can be used for permanent residency or holiday letting.
Tweed shire planners have recommended refusal of a spate of bids to change the use of homes on the Tweed Coast for holiday letting.
Tweed shire council is coming to grips with holiday letting in the area by approving ‘in principal’ nine applications for tourist accommodation.
Matt Hartley, Byron Bay. Last week Lois Vickery-Hall, who ‘owns a couple of holiday homes’, wrote that the solution to the illegal holiday letting issue is crooked owners ensuring their guests behave well.
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.
Louise Andrews, Byron Bay. On Wednesday night, 11 June, I heard Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson speak most convincingly at the West Byron meeting about the need for 'due process', 'democratic process', 'community engagement', and the need to inform community at the beginning of a process and not after the event.
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?
A holiday-letting strategy paper presented by Byron Shire Council at this week’s closed meeting with stakeholders shows precincts covering almost all of Byron Bay and Suffolk Park together with the main beachside areas of Brunswick Heads, New Brighton and South Golden Beach.
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’!