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Support holiday rental industry: REINSW

6 May 2013

REINSW is asking the Gosford City Council to amend its Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to specifically permit short-term holiday rentals in residential areas on the NSW Central Coast after a court ruling now puts this entire facet of the property industry at risk.

The Institute is calling for Gosford City Council to make an immediate amendment to the current LEP to make short-term letting allowable without consent on properties in 2A and 2B residential zones. This follows a judgment by the Land and Environment Court (2 May 2013) to disallow future rentals of a six-bedroom house in Terrigal,

“The current LEP does not reference the use of properties as holiday rentals, despite it happening for the last 140 years,” REINSW President Christian Payne said. 

“Holiday letting is the backbone of the local economy in coastal areas, and in particular the NSW Central Coast. We urge the Gosford City Council to take a positive stance to protect the livelihood of the area. 

“It is important not to discriminate against people who can’t afford to purchase their own holiday home,” Mr Payne said. 

“If we don’t make a stand on this issue the only people who will be able to enjoy a holiday are those who can afford to purchase their own holiday home. We must also protect those people who have made the investment in properties used for short-term rental accommodation.”

REINSW is also asking the NSW Government to make a state-wide ruling on the issue to protect this aspect of the property industry which has enormous positive flow on effects for the local economies.

“Currently it is a local council issue, with the Shoalhaven, Kiama and Eurobodalla Councils already changing their LEPs to allow short-term rentals without having to seek special permissions. 

“We urge the state government to step in and support short-term rentals across the state.

“We acknowledge that there can be isolated issues in regard to short-term rentals and accordingly encourage all holiday rental owners to use a licensed agent who complies with the Holiday Rental Code of Conduct. By engaging professional service providers in this area of practice we can avoid these one-off holiday issues that have happened at the property in Terrigal,” Mr Payne said. 

Gosford City Council is meeting on 7 May 2013, where the issue of short-term holiday rentals will be discussed. 

For further information or to arrange an interview with REINSW President Christian Payne, please contact: Helen Hull – 0419 642 961 or media@reinsw.com.au