Holiday letting test case starts today

A EWINGSDALE home owned by a Sydney man is at the centre of a holiday letting "test case" by Byron Shire Council that will begin in the Land and Environment Court in Sydney today.

Depending on the outcome, the case could result in the council taking action against other properties that do not have consent to operate as a tourist facility.

The Northern Star understands residents have been complaining about activities at the home for two years with claims there were 17 schoolies recently staying at the property.

Residents claim they are frequently subjected to hordes of loud and drunken guests partying around the clock at the home.

Neighbours have been recording license plate numbers at the property and taking pictures.

Mayor Simon Richardson has said he receives weekly complaints about disruption caused by holiday letting in the shire.

The council believes holiday letting is a tourist and business operation in a residential zone.

But the Holiday Letting Organisation, which represents holiday let owners, strongly rejects this.

The council's governance manager Ralph James said it was considered that the best approach was to test the issue of holiday letting with a single court case to set a precedent "one way or the other".

It is not known how long the case will take.

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