Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Visitor Accommodation Amnesty

Visitor Accommodation Amnesty


Property owners who are renting out their houses and holidays homes on a short term basis for visitor accommodation have until the end of May to take advantage of a QLDC amnesty before the Council starts following up on unregistered rental arrangements.

The Council wants to ensure that those who let their homes and holiday houses to short-term visitors pay their fair share of rates, while the District Plan includes rules to manage the environmental effects of visitor accommodation.

QLDC Chief Financial Officer Stewart Burns said the Council was concerned at the number of property owners who appeared to be avoiding their responsibilities. “We have evidence that some ratepayers are taking in short-term paying visitors without the correct registrations or consents.”

The Council is offering an amnesty until the end of May, to enable owners to register their properties for visitor accommodation and, if necessary, apply for the appropriate consents, or cease using their property for that purpose. From 1 June 2014, the Council would be actively enforcing the regulations.

This would include matching properties offered for short-term rent on-line and in local publications with the Council’s database of registered and consented properties. This applies to both homestays (including bed-and-breakfast establishments) and holiday homes.

Once properties are registered as a homestay or rental holiday home, their rates are assessed under the “mixed use” category, which reflects their partial use for commercial purposes. Mr Burns said that as a rule of thumb, a property’s rates would increase by about 25 percent when moving from “residential” to “mixed use”. Properties which were registered during the amnesty period would have their rates adjusted for the new rating year, from 1 July 2014.

The Council’s website has a step-through guide to help property owners understand whether they need to register or obtain a resource consent. Full details are at: http://www.qldc.govt.nz/guide_to_providing_visitor_accommodation

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Teina Pora Wins Appeal: Gordon Campbell On The Privy Council Decision

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system.

To all intents and purposes, access by New Zealanders to the Privy Council has now been closed. Yet the number of times in recent years when the Privy Council has quashed the findings of New Zealand courts has demonstrated that we are regularly
(a) jailing the wrong person or
(b) arriving at guilty verdicts on grounds sufficiently flawed as to raise serious doubts that a miscarriage of justice has occurred. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Urgent Bill Planned: MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news