Labor’s legislation to stop out-of-control party house rentals

SA Labor is set to introduce legislation into Parliament today to address short-term rental properties being used as out-of-control party houses.

The protective powers will work to address a growing number of media reports regarding short-term holiday homes being used and abused as ‘party homes’, disrupting neighbourhoods.
 
Laws to address this issue have been introduced in other jurisdictions, with Labor’s proposed legislation to include:
 
- 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
 
Legislative protections are supported by national industry experts:
 
“On the whole, the central elements proposed (a Code and Register) have been demonstrated, globally, to provide a sound underpinning of regulation for the STR sector. Stayz advocates for exactly these types of regulatory tools.”

 
- Eacham Curry, director with the company owner of holiday rental website Stayz

 
Industry estimates prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic saw that there was significant growth of short-term holiday rentals, with more than 5,800 listings across South Australia.
 
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison
 

I have heard a number of shocking stories from those who live next to these party houses.
 
Local residents are being left powerless to do anything if they live next to these party houses because it’s not clear who has the power to do anything about this issue.
 
This legislation will hold owners who list their properties as short-term holiday rentals to account. Not only to protect those who do the right thing but penalise those who have no regard for the local residents.