Stayz endorses Labor’s penalties for out-of-control party houses

Leading holiday rental website Stayz has welcomed South Australian Labor’s proposed new legislation to address out-of-control party houses.

Labor’s new exposure Bill would create a mandatory register of all holiday rental accommodation properties, as well as a new code of conduct for the sector.

Stayz corporate affairs director Eacham Curry said the website “strongly endorsed” the proposed changes.

The Tourism Accommodation Association estimates the growth of short-term holiday rentals in South Australia has grown by more than 120% in the past 14 months, with more than 5,800 listings across the State.

However, there has been increasing media reports that some of the listed properties being used to host out-of-control parties that disrupt entire neighbourhoods. Similar to what is proposed in other States, the proposed legislation aim to introduce:

• A state-wide mandatory registration system of all listed short-term holiday rentals

• An industry Code of Conduct

• Penalties for failure to adhere to the code or register a property

An exposure draft of the Bill will now be made available to the public for comment. Members of the public are invited to visit www.zoebettison.com.au/partyhouses and/or email ramsay@parliament.sa.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison

I have heard shocking stories from people from all over Adelaide that have literally lost sleep over this issue. There is a clear gap in our legislation to work with this disruptive part of the tourism industry.

We need to protect the people that do the right thing, but also penalise those that have no regard for the community around them.

Quotes attributable to Stayz corporate affairs director Eacham Curry

Stayz consistently advocates for state-wide regulation that contains a simple registration scheme for all holiday rental listings, a code of conduct that is backed by a strikes-based disciplinary regime, and an industry body to adjudicate compliance with the code of conduct.

When implemented correctly in other parts of the world, the registration of all holiday rentals has proven to be a low-cost and effective way of informing the development of sensible rules for our growing sector.

The proposed regulations strike the right balance between tough new rules that will improve the industry, but also ensure the sector can meet its economic potential.