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  • #43013
    Avatarshanti123
    Flatchatter

    Can an OC create a by-law to prevent an owner occupier who is living full- time in their apartment from listing a room in their apartment on a holiday letting site such as AirBnb? Both current and once the new legislation is in place ?

    If anyone knows the answer it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    #43023
    Jimmy-TJimmy-T
    Keymaster

    The answer is “no” to both.  There is no legislation currently in place that prevents an owner from letting a room while they are in residence.  The new legislation (for NSW) specifically excludes homes where the “host” is present from being caught by by-laws.

    #47044
    AvatarJoe50
    Flatchatter

    I’m in NSW to and I was going to ask about this.. Everyone got a notice in the building saying no short term profit stays are allowed eg like Airbnb.. And the only long term booking or rental stays allowed are 90 days or over(90 day bookings or more allowed using Airbnb) . But I’m not sure the “OC/strata committee/strata agency” in my building has the power to make by-laws restricting owners who are living in there property to restrict owners renting out one of there rooms for less than ninety days..

    #47058
    Jimmy-TJimmy-T
    Keymaster

    The new laws when they come in (soon) will specifically exclude genuine home sharing – i.e. letting a room or rooms when the resident is present.  You committee mayhave to propose a new by-law (which has to be approved by 75 per cent of owners voting at a general meeting) which reflects this or their current by-law could be tossed out for being in conflict with strata law.

    If you were looking for a business opportunity right now, you might consider  low-cost CCTV cameras which are going to become very popular as strata committees try to prove that Airbnb hosts who say they are in residence, aren’t.

    #47067
    AvatarJoe50
    Flatchatter

    Good points. And that’s my point to, I thought no OC strata commitee can passa By-law with 75% support if it is in conflict of NSW strata law..

    #47074
    Jimmy-TJimmy-T
    Keymaster

    I know what you mean, but just to get this technically correct, no strata committee can pass any by-laws.  That can only be done by the owners corporation at a properly constituted general meeting.  The Committee can, however, propose, promote, finagle, dupe and use other devious means to slip a by-law past unaware owners.

    #48244
    Jimmy-TJimmy-T
    Keymaster

    My understanding that the new law that will allow and regulate short-term holiday lets will not apply to genuine home sharing, which means the owners corp will not be able to pass a by-law that bans it.

    If your by-law bans all holiday lets, regardless of whether or not the host is present – it is liable to be tossed out for being in conflict with superior law.

    This is what the Fair Trading website says on the matter:

    New planning laws will allow short-term holiday letting under certain conditions. If the host is present, they can use their home for short-term holiday letting all year round as exempt development. That is, they do not need to submit a development application to local council.

    Bear in mind that this law has not yet been enacted, so we are still working on the old laws which may allow strata schemes to restrict holiday letting, depending on the terms of their development approval and council zoning (which often forbid holiday letting).

    #48240
    Avatarshanti123
    Flatchatter
    Chat-starter

    “The new laws when they come in (soon) will specifically exclude genuine home sharing – i.e. letting a room or rooms when the resident is present.  You committee may have to propose a new by-law (which has to be approved by 75 per cent of owners voting at a general meeting) which reflects this or their current by-law could be tossed out for being in conflict with strata law.”

    Hi Jimmy,

    From what you wrote, I understand that even though the new legislation specifically excludes genuine home sharing, a building will be still able to prevent or end a “genuine home sharing”  if 75% of the owners agree to a bylaw that reflects this. Am I correct?

    And if so, can a building create that by-law now before the legislation has come in and have a good chance of getting the breaching owner made to stop or fined etc if it ended up being taken to tribunal?

    #48246
    Jimmy-TJimmy-T
    Keymaster

    Again, no, that is not correct.

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