“Please respond with a list of the real estate agents and the properties each agent is advertising f

This was the request received from NSW Fair Trading, reportedly on behalf of our Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation. The Minister and/or his Department appeared curious about suggestions of what they referred to as possible “collusion” between short-term rental platforms and real estate agents. Maybe Airbnb, Stayz and others’ penetration of our homes and communities and the impact on legitimate accommodation providers is starting to concern some? And unsurprisingly, the ABC is reporting a ‘surge’ in ‘Entire Homes’ and commercial listings of properties on rental platforms. When asked, a propos residential housing, what measures the NSW Government was taking to prevent overcrowdin

Byron Shire Council Heads to Land and Environment Court

Byron Netdaily reports“Byron Shire Council is about to commence a major prosecution against an allegedly unauthorised short-term holiday-letting operation in the Land and Environment Court (LEC)”. Victims of Holiday Letting (VOHL) Byron Bay fully supports the legal action begun by Byron Shire Council. In a letter to the Echo’s Editor, Doug Luke writes on behalf of VOHL: “VOHL refers to the comments in the article attributed to Holiday Lets Organisation (Byron) President John Gudgeon. He appears to be misinformed in stating that holiday letting in residential zones is legal. Mr Gudgeon states that, “The standard planning permission for a residential premises allows you to rent it out for sho

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