New South Wales Govt Calls For Feedback On Short-Term Holiday Letting

New South Wales Govt Calls For Feedback On Short-Term Holiday Letting

New South Wales Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts

New South Wales Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean

Exploring Options For Short-Term Holiday Letting

Victor P Taffa

New South Wales (NSW) Government is calling on community and stakeholder feedback after the release of an Options Paper on short-term holiday letting (STHL) today.

Options Paper is the next step in determining the most effective way for the New South Wales Government to respond to the growth of this industry, which includes Airbnb and Stayz, and builds on the advice of the New South Wales Parliament Legislative Assembly Committee on Environment and Planning.

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, and Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Matt Kean, said the aim is to strike an appropriate balance between providing accommodation options for visitors, and the amenity and safety of existing residents.

“New South Wales Government, like the Parliamentary Committee, is dedicated to working on the short-term holiday letting issue through this document which, as its name implies, suggests a number of options regarding short term holiday letting in NSW. It is sensible to take our time to discuss such a complex issue with all stakeholders.” Mr. Roberts said.

“Options Paper considers alternatives to deliver a better and more effective approach, rather than proposing a single fixed model. We will explore approaches to implement a whole-of-government framework and address the relevant land use, planning, and strata management issues.”

Mr. Roberts said potential options the State Government is seeking views and comments on include:

  • Industry self-regulation, including a code of conduct, complaints management, education, monitoring and reporting;
  • Strata regulation, including by-laws managing visitor behaviour, by-laws for compensation for adverse effects and by–laws prohibiting STHL;
  • Planning regulation, including development approval, limit of length of stay and number of days per year, limit by number of bedrooms and regulate by whether host is present;
  • Registration to manage safety and amenity issues.

NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean









“We believe that by engaging with those most affected homeowners, tenants, holidaymakers, neighbours, strata corporations, short-term holiday letting businesses, traditional accommodation operators and local councils we can achieve the right balance of what level of regulation is required to best meet the needs of the New South Wales community.” Mr. Roberts said.

Mr. Kean said the emergence of innovative online booking services, and the development of the sharing economy has seen short-term holiday letting grow significantly in New South Wales.

“This industry has been prominent in New South Wales for many years and can provide significant economic benefits to local economies and the wider state tourism economy.” Mr. Kean said.

“However, we need to reconsider the role of regulation in enabling this activity to continue to take place, without undue impact on existing local communities or visitors.

“It’s very important that we consider all options, which is why we’re welcoming public submissions, as a one-size-fits-all approach to short-term holiday letting may not work.”

Mr. Roberts and Mr. Kean said the Options Paper was the next step in determining a policy framework by engaging with stakeholders, industry and the public to discuss what level of regulation was required to meet the needs of the community.

Options paper is now available for public feedback for a 3 month consultation period until 31 October 2017, after which the New South Wales Government will consider submissions and decide what regulatory approach it will pursue for short-term holiday letting.