Holiday letting to continue in Ballina

Ballina councillor Margaret Howes said her hairdresser was vacating her home over Christmas and renting it out for $3000 a week.

Thats Shelly Beach for you, she said.

Her comment came during a discussion at last months Ballina Shire Council meeting over whether Council needed to regulate the use of residential houses for short-term holiday accommodation after Councils Visitor Information Centre received a request to list on its website residential homes available for holiday letting.

Head of regulatory services Rod Willis said a substantial amount of money and resources would be needed if Council wanted to regulate.

But were not receiving the complaints that Byron is about amenity impacts in residential areas, he said.

Cr Howes said if holiday makers werent a nuisance then nobody had a problem with it.

However, Cr John Felsch said on the Gold Coast, the Council charged additional rates if residents rented out their houses to holiday-makers.

Because they are the ones bringing all the tourists and making the megabucks, he said. Well lose total control if we dont jump in now.

Council voted 6/1 (Cr John Felsch against) to stick with its current practice of not distinguishing between short-term holiday and long-term occupation of residential properties.

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