More holiday rental homes on the cards for Lake Macquarie

16/09/2019 Posted by admin

MORE holiday rentals could crop up in Lake Macquarie following a push from the council.

Lake Macquarie councillors voted unanimously on a proposal to loosen the criteria for short-term rental accommodation under the Lake Macquarie Local Environment Plan 2014, last Monday.

The council ruled houses with four bedrooms or fewer did not need development consent to be used as holiday rentals.

Previously, each holiday rental in a residential zone needed council approval.

There are 276 Lake Macquarie approved short-term rental accommodation properties listed on websites Stayz and Airbnb, which contribute $371 million into the local economy each year.

A council report said it had only received five complaints about these rentals in the past five years, “which indicates that the majority of holiday rentals are managed well and do not cause issues for their neighbours”.

Given these statistics, the report said larger properties had the potential to become “party houses” and would therefore need individual consideration.

The council will present its proposal to the Department of Planning within the next fortnight.

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