Council discusses short-term rentals

Dave Cull: 'This decision will be a difficult, if not devastating time for affected staff and...
Dave Cull
The need to understand the wider implications of the short-term visitor rental market on Dunedin has been discussed by the city council.

A report prepared by the Dunedin City Council's senior management accountant, Carolyn Allan, suggests a new rating category could be applied to some residential properties being used as short-term accommodation.

Two options for how those properties could be rated was presented to the council's rates and funding advisory panel yesterday, but councillors felt the issue needed to be better understood before any option could be adopted.

Cr Kate Wilson said she had heard reports of student flats being used for short-term accommodation instead, which showed more information was needed about what effect they were having on the city.

Mayor Dave Cull said the council needed to be careful not to focus just on the rating system when there were other potential issues concerning the properties, such as health and safety regulations.

``We might solve the financial situation but we could also miss some other pretty important issues.''

Chairman Mike Lord suggested issues such a tax and health and safety were outside the council's remit and the council did not want to be too harsh and ruin the city's reputation as being welcoming to visitors.

But Mr Cull said Dunedin's reputation could be tarnished if there was a event in which people were injured or killed while staying in a short-term rental.

Cr Aaron Hawkins said the council also had to investigate any effect the properties were having on the city's housing supply.

The panel voted to have council staff report back at its next meeting with more information on the effect short-term rentals were having on the city.

tim.miller@odt.co.nz


 

Comments

But wait Cull you can't have your cake and eat it as well, It seams that Cull and the DCC want to all the time at the expense of Dunedin's people. So those trying to get ahead in city that the council keeps holdback things can't get ahead. Cull take a step back YOU and your old school followers keep promoting Dunedin is a great place come and visit yet you hold back businesses from setting up (this create employment). New hotels yeah you jumped on the band wagon at the last minute supporting it to look good. Hearsay' Wilson said she had heard reports of student flats being used for short-term..... which showed more information was needed about what effect they were having on the city'. Where does it say a flat is zoned 'Student flats' it doesn't.Take another step back why do people feel they need to have short term rentals'? Maybe because the green aligned council refuses to allow businesses into Dunedin and the bigger result is unemployment, maybe those with short term rentals are sick of long term tenants being pigs. The old saying with some added 'Don't bite the hand that feeds your family.'

Come on Dunedin!! all those under the umbrella of Dunedin City Council for Rates who own a short term rental. Cancel the lease for the days Ed is playing in Dunedin then see how the DCC will manage that. Don't let them walk over you guys.

 

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