Hunter councils will have the power to decide when and where short-term holiday letting can operate within their LGA if the Greens are elected this weekend.
Council will also have the authority to introduce a bed tax on short stays.
And, in the case of a natural disaster, local governments will be permitted to use the property for emergency accommodation.
These measures make up part of the Greens’ plan to regulate non-hosted short-term holiday letting.
NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann says the implementation of regulation is long-overdue.
“Short-term holiday letting has gone virtually unregulated for far too long. It shouldn’t be this easy to run what is essentially a business out of a residential home, particularly in the middle of a rental crisis,” she said.
“If the government claims it will solve this housing crisis by building new houses, then it needs to make sure those houses become homes and not holiday rentals.
“Freeing up new housing for rentals instead of short-term holiday letting will help take some of the heat out of the rental crisis.”
The NSW Greens plan includes:
- Stopping non-hosted short-term letting of houses built after 1 January 2018 in an LGA until the vacancy rate hits 3%.
- The requirement of development applications for houses to be used for non-hosted short-term holiday letting, as required for other businesses.
- Give local councils planning powers to decide when and where short-term holiday letting can operate in their LGA.
- Allow councils to place a bed tax on short-term holiday letting to fund local services.
- Require non-hosted short-term holiday rentals to be used as emergency accommodation during a natural disaster.
“Every town faces different housing challenges,” said Ms Faehrmann.
“Our plan will empower local councils to regulate short-term holiday letting to best serve the needs of their local community and decide when, where and how much they are allowed to operate.
“Short-term holiday letting makes big profits off the backs of communities while giving little in return.”
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- Labor pledges $29 million to upgrade roads
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