The party is over - ...but only for the noisy, as Byron tightens holiday rentals

By MEGAN KINNINMENT

WHEN partying holidaymakers start making Suffolk Park a living hell this Christmas, Helen Brown knows who she's 'gonna call'.

And it won't be ghost busters.

From November 15 Mrs Brown will be able to call a 'Holiday Hotline' linked to two security firms vested with the power to evict noisy tenants with a 'two-strikes-and-you're-out' policy.

The crackdown on rowdy tenants is stage one of a move by real estate agents and Byron Shire Council to protect the future of holiday-home letting in Byron Bay.

On Tuesday, Byron Shire Council will debate stage two: Issuing private home-owners with a licence to holiday-let following legal advice that the tradition of renting out the family home for a few weeks a year is under threat.

The advice follows complaints by neighbours of a noisy holiday-let apartment block in Cronulla in 2002, which led to a Land and Environment Court ruling that renting out the family home in a residential area for less than 90 days constituted a commercial activity and required developmental approval through council.

Byron Shire mayor Cr Jan Barham said she supports the right of permanent residents to rent out their homes for a few weeks a year.



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