Halter on rentals
A BAN on holiday-makers renting apartments and homes near Tweed's beaches when the owners are not there has sparked alarm among both the owners and small businesses. Leading businessman and executive committee member of the Kingscliff and District Chamber of Commerce Alan Blundell has slammed new coun- cil controls he fears will toughen the holiday lettings ban. He says they are "another incidence of council gone mad". Tweed Shire Council has confirmed it is restricting the use of residential units for holiday lettings, but said the new controls on residential and tourist --------------- --------------- buildings will affect the design rather than the use of the buildings. The council has put on public exhibi- tion until February a draft "Residen- tial and Tourist Code" which Mr Blun- dell warned, if adopted, would reinforce previous attempts by the council to stop owners renting out their properties part of the year to holi- day-makers. Mr Blundell gave the example of a solicitor who had bought an apartment "for holiday use for his family, and --------------- --------------- when they are not using it an agent rents it out." He said the man had already re- ceived a notice from the council to stop renting out the property to holiday- makers, and the new code would strengthen the council's power to enforce the ruling. He said when many people bought flats along the Tweed Coast the residential zoning was "the only zoning available". "This has ramifications across the Tweed Coast," he added. "Council appears to have retrospec- tively said now all of these flats are not for holiday rental. The plan will ratify --------------- --------------- their view on this. "It will not only affect unit owners if this sort of nonsense prevails, but also business owners on the coast". "This unfortunately is another incidence of council gone mad, led of course by our fearless administrators. "Unfortunately we have no democratic representatives we can go to, to tell them to pull their heads in." Kingscliff Real estate Agent Brian Ring told the meeting the move was another example of the council becoming "very bureaucratic" and would have an impact on all ratepayers. In a prepared statement the coun- cil's chief planner Noel Hodges "multi-- dwelling housing" such as apartments were not to be used for tourist accom- modation without special council ap- proval. "People are buying into multi-dwell- ing housing expecting to be surround- ed by permanent residents," he said. "When units nearby are let out to tourists, they are within their rights to complain. "Unless the unit has approval for tourist accommodation it cannot be lawfully used for holiday rentals."