South Coast Council implores holiday home owners to rent out properties as housing crisis escalates

A coastal New South Wales community is begging 7,500 holiday home owners from Canberra and Sydney to make their properties available to renters to alleviate the region’s housing crisis.

Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor Mathew Hatcher has written to a total of about 8,000 non-resident taxpayers who own homes along the South Coast, asking that they consider renting them out for one to two years, while long-term solutions are developed. can be found.

“We know that many Canberrans, and I was one of them, use this area as a holiday destination every summer,” said Councilor Hatcher.

“And there’s no doubt about it, we want you to be here, we need your money, we want you to be a tourist for this region.

“We can’t wait years for houses to be built. We need to address the lack of rental housing in our community now.”

Mayor Mathew Hatcher says he needs the help of vacation home owners to overcome the housing crisis.ABC Southeast: Keira Proust

About 4,000 homes in the Eurobodalla Shire, stretching from South Durras in the north to beyond Tilba Tilba in the south, are owned by Sydney residents.

A further 3,500 are owned by Canberrans, 280 are owned by Victorians and several hundred more are owned by people living elsewhere in the state or abroad.

When 500 homes were lost in the Eurobodalla Shire during the Black Summer Bushfires in 2020, the council made a similar plea to holiday home owners across the country.

“More than 80 homes have been put on the market,” said Cr Hatcher.

Families heading into winter in tents, caravans

Due to the shortage of affordable rental housing in the area, more than 50 people live on a campsite near Moruya because they have no alternative.

More than a third of all houses in the Eurobodalla are second homes of people who live permanently outside the area.

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