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Cap on short stay rentals in Byron is a win for key workers & residents

The 60-day cap imposed on some short-term rental accommodation in Byron Bay is a "win for common sense" says nation's peak accommodation body

A 60-day cap, imposed on some short-term rental accommodation in the tourism mecca of Byron Bay has been welcomed as a “common sense win for workers and residents” by the nation’s peak accommodation body.

Airbnb says it is “disappointed” with the NSW government’s new legislation which may slash the amount of short-term rentals allowed in the Byron Bay region.

The 60-day cap on some short-term rentals in Byron will be imposed from September 26, 2024, and the NSW government hopes the move will help long-term residents and key workers who have been priced out of the tourism hotspot.

It follows last week’s decision by the Victorian state government to enforce a widespread 7.5 percent levy on short-stay rental properties found on platforms like Airbnb and Stayz.

New short-stay levy targets Airbnb & Stayz but spares hotels and pubs – Read HERE

Accommodation Australia (AA) national CEO Michael Johnson said it was good to see a stand being taken to bring more properties back to the long-term rental market.

Michael Johnson

“There have obviously been big issues with the long-term rental market in tourism hot spots like Byron Bay for some time,” Mr Johnson said.

“Our industry, for example, has been crying out for workers. The jobs are there but no one can move to an area to work if there is nowhere for them to live.

“The people who actually permanently live in the local area and work in the hotels, cafes, bars, restaurants providing the great experiences tourists rely on actually need places to live.

“They – along with key workers and other would-be permanent residents – shouldn’t have to have to travel for miles each day because they have been squeezed out of the rental market by short-term accommodation.

“That’s why the 60-day cap in some areas of Byron Bay is a good common sense win for workers and residents alike.”

AA NSW Manager Stacey McBride agreed a tightening of caps was urgently needed.

“This is a move that takes a step towards addressing the needs of the long-term rental market while at the same time leaving hosted short-term rentals unaffected,’ she said.

“It’s a good balance by the NSW Government and Byron Shire Council.”

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8 months ago

Who, and how will they enforce those rules , they dont do it now.

Joan Bird
8 months ago

Sorry – but given that AA represents big overseas-owned hoteliers and has for many years shown nothing but derision for the STRA industry, do we expect anything else but that commentary? He is correct – there are going to be more rentals on the market – there is going to be an exodus of workers from the area because businesses will no longer be sustainable – from retailers,cafes, to cleaners, handymen, trades and suppliers. And if the AA really believe that STRA properties, which is less than 9% of all available housing stock in Byron, are suitable or affordable for long-term residential rent, I would like to see the proof. Byron has been hampered by the lack of land development, but hey, lets cut the neck off the goose that lays the golden egg.

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