STAY NO MORE

Own­ers of hol­i­day home told to shut down by coun­cil:

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - Nikki Todd nikki.todd@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

THE own­ers of a lux­ury short-term hol­i­day let home at Ca­sua­r­ina forced to shut their doors, say they have been “un­fairly” sin­gled out by Tweed Shire Coun­cil.

Sally and Chris Jo­hannsen were or­dered to cease let­ting their home out to hol­i­day­mak­ers by this Fri­day, or face a fine of up to $1 mil­lion, plus $10,000 per day there­after.

Their prop­erty, La Mai­son

Paci­fique at 6 Bea­son Court, was used by the fam­ily as their hol­i­day home and sub-let at other times af­ter they pur­chased it in 2011.

Since mov­ing to Lon­don in 2014, the house has been per­ma­nently ad­ver­tised on pop­u­lar hol­i­day let­ting web­sites such as Airbnb as well as on their own per­sonal web­page with an oc­cu­pancy rate of around 35 per cent.

The five-bed­room home, which sleeps a max­i­mum of 10 peo­ple, at­tracts weekly rates of more than $6950 dur­ing the peak sea­son and about half that off-peak.

Ms Jo­hannsen said they had tried to do the right thing, run­ning a pro­fes­sional set-up to at­tract well-be­haved visi­tors.

“We pur­posely did that from day one.

“Our strat­egy has been less peo­ple at a higher price,” Ms Jo­hannsen said from Lon­don.

“Every­one wants peo­ple to en­joy their house, they want them to en­joy the lo­cal ameni­ties, to visit the lo­cal cafes, shop at the lo­cal shops, bring money into the re­gion to em­ploy peo­ple and build a com­mu­nity, no­body wants their prop­erty to be trashed.”

But, af­ter com­plaints from neigh­bours around park­ing and noise - none of which were fol­lowed up by po­lice coun­cil on May 4 served them with a no­tice to close.

“We are very dis­ap­pointed,” Ms Jo­hannsen said.

“We will have to per­ma­nently let it out now.

“It is such a shame... be­cause we em­ploy clean­ers, gar­den­ers, pool guys, gas bot­tle peo­ple, handy­man, air-con­di­tion­ing peo­ple.”

Ms Jo­hannsen said she felt their prop­erty had been sin­gled out by coun­cil, be­liev­ing theirs to be the only prop­erty is­sued with a no­tice to close.

Coun­cil’s di­rec­tor of plan­ning Vince Con­nell said le­gal ad­vice had been sought re­gard­ing op­tions for ac­tion over the “con­tin­ued unau­tho­rised use” of the prop­erty at 6 Bea­son Court.

He said coun­cil had at its meet­ing on May 5 de­cided to de­fer tak­ing wide­spread ac­tion against unau­tho­rised or non-com­pli­ant STHLS ... “ex­cept where it can be demon­strated that such uses are hav­ing an un­rea­son­able im­pact on sur­round­ing neigh­bours”.

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LUX­URY: La Mai­son Paci­fique, at Ca­sua­r­ina, has been shut down by Tweed Shire Coun­cil fol­low­ing com­plaints from neigh­bours.

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