South Coast Council is asking holiday home owners to let properties as housing crisis escalates – Low Calorie Diets Tips

A New South Wales Coastal Council is asking 7,500 holiday home owners from Canberra and Sydney to make their properties available to renters to help alleviate the area’s housing shortage.

Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor Mathew Hatcher has written to a total of some 8,000 non-resident installment payers who own homes along the south coast, urging them to consider renting for one to two years while long-term solutions can be found.

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

“And there is no doubt, we want you down here, we need your money, we need you as a tourist for this region.

“We cannot wait years for houses to be built. We must now address the rental housing shortage in our community.”

A man in a white t-shirt smiling by a river.
Mayor Mathew Hatcher says he needs the help of vacation home owners to solve the housing shortage.(ABC Southeast: Keira Proust)

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

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

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

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

Families facing the winter in tents, caravans

The lack of affordable rental accommodation in the area has resulted in more than 50 people living in a campsite near Moruya because they have no alternative.

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

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