Concerns have been raised in Wollongong Council over the disturbances caused by short-term holiday makers, across Wollongong, but particularly in the Northern Illawarra, where a quick search reveals a large number of properties available for holiday rental.
Local residents complain of noise, rowdy behaviour, parking and security concerns, with neighbours vacating, often to make way for large groups.
Wollongong Councillor Jill Merrin used her last council meeting to request Council receive a report on the effects of short stays.
The Illawarra Mercury has run a story on Otford resident Jane Hutt, who says her family is repeatedly impacted by a neighbouring AirBnB property, which has become popular for bucks and birthday parties.
Ms Hutt has suggested the LEP should be considered, with tighter controls imposed. She has told the Mercury she was beginning to dread Friday afternoons, when the next group of renters would arrive. “Despite putting rules and regulations on rental terms, the owners have absolutely no control, or in many cases, no knowledge of any disturbances occurring.”
There are reports of a similar situation has occurred in Wombarra with the same home repeatedly rented to large groups, causing havoc for neighbours well into the small hours.
The State Government is looking for feedback until October 31, before they release an Options Paper on short-term holiday letting.