Two strikes your out

At the hotline launch are Diana Green, Chris Hanley, John Mooney, Elizabeth Crawford, Grant Hawkins and Tony Farrell.
At the hotline launch are Diana Green, Chris Hanley, John Mooney, Elizabeth Crawford, Grant Hawkins and Tony Farrell.

Rowdy holidaymakers beware!

Make problems for your neighbours and you could be evicted from your accommodation.

A new code of practice and a hotline to report holiday letting problems in Byron Bay over the summer period has been established by Tourism Byron and a group of holiday letting agents.

Residents who experience noise or other issues from holiday lettings can call a central number any time of the day or night.

The hotline is 66266888 and will be available from November 15 to February 15.

Participating agents and owner/operators have engaged professional security companies to call out to noise complaints within the hour of a complaint.

The two strikes and you are out policy instituted last Easter will continue.

The first visit by security staff will mean a strong warning, the second visit could mean eviction for holiday tenants.

Tourism Byron chairperson Grant Hawkins said this was a group effort to solve a prob- lem which affected everyone.

"We believe that 80 per cent or more of holiday letting properties will be part of the program this summer," he said.

If the property is not listed, residents will be advised to call the police and report the problem to council the next day.

Tourism Byron and council will compile a summary of complaints at the end of the summer to meet with participating agents to further refine the system.

Mr Hawkins said everyone wanted Byron to be a desirable place to both live and visit, and with respect and co-operation between all parties, this can be achieved.

The following agents are funding the system - AI Accommodation, Byron Bay Accom,, Byron Beach Realty, Ed Silk Real Estate, Elders Real Estate, Byron Bay First National, LJ Hooker and Ray White Real Estate.

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