New provisions for Short-term Rental Accommodation (STRA)

New provisions for Short-term Rental Accommodation (STRA)

The NSW Government has announced that the new statewide Short-Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) planning policy will come into effect on 30 July 2021.

The new policy will purportedly benefit homeowners who want to take advantage of holiday rentals while providing more certainty and safety for locals and visitors.

The new policy has been introduced via amendments to State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Regulation) and comprises:

  • a new definition for STRA, hosted STRA and non-hosted STRA;
  • an exempt development pathway for hosted and non-hosted STRA, including a 180 day limit restriction for non-hosted STRA based on location;
  • an exemption of bookings of 21 consecutive days or more from the day limits for non-hosted STRA;
  • minimum fire safety standards for dwellings used for STRA and associated penalty notice offences for non-compliance; and
  • a new Government-run online STRA register.

More details regarding the new statewide policy, including the new online STRA Register and fire safety standard, can be found by visiting the state government’s website. Click here.

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