Northern Beaches Airbnb hosts must register their properties in order to continue offering short-term rental accommodation.

With few formal accommodation options, short-term rental accommodation (STRA) has been a popular way for visitors to stay on the Northern Beaches using services like Airbnb or Stayz. It has also proven to be a popular way for residents to make some extra money.

A new set of rules around STRA comes into force from 01 November 2021 and before hosts can accept bookings for this summer, they will need to:

  • Register their property and display their registration number on the booking profile
  • Ensure the property meets minimum fire safety requirements
  • Adhere to the new STRA code of conduct
  • Limit bookings to the number of permitted days per year for STRA

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said with the new rules coming into effect from 01 November, holiday homeowners should ensure they register their property before it is rented.

Rob Stokes

Rob Stokes

“With restrictions easing and summer on the horizon, our regions are set to boom with holidaymakers, and many of them will be staying in short-term rental accommodation. We already have more than 12,000 properties registered on the NSW Planning Portal, and we’re encouraging everyone to sign up, so they don’t miss out on the expected swell of visitors.

“The new rules provide minimum standards for a previously unregulated industry, ensuring safety for renters, certainty and amenity for neighbours, and additional revenue for homeowners.

“It’s been a long time coming and we gave everyone an additional three months to get their properties up to scratch, to ensure they’re safe and ready to welcome guests. Registration is straightforward and enables a sector worth $30b annually to operate and thrive under a clear set of standards,” said Minister Stokes.

All registered STRA homes have until 01 March 2022 to meet fire and safety requirements, such as clear evacuation diagrams, fire alarms, extinguishers, and emergency contacts. Everyone must also have a COVID-safe plan in place.

For more information and to register, visit the NSW Government Planning Portal.

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