Good-to-Know Information for Short-Term Rental Accommodation


Whether you’re considering an Airbnb, a vacation rental, or other short-term accommodation options, it’s essential to understand the rules and regulations that govern this thriving industry.

Be aware of the regulatory framework: From November 2021, the Short-term Rental Accommodation (STRA) Planning Policy went into effect across NSW, validating the permissibility of short-term rentals and Airbnb’s across the state. This move brought an end to years of confusion caused by different rules across local council zones.

Know the restrictions: Familiarise yourself with the regulations and be prepared to follow them. Make sure you choose properties that comply with the local regulations.

Understand strata and tenancy laws: Be sure to check if the property you are considering falls under any such restrictions. Make sure you comply with the strata and tenancy laws.

Research your location: Different local council zones in NSW may have varying rules and regulations surrounding short-term rentals. Familiarise yourself with these differences before booking or hosting a property.

Prioritise safety and security: As a guest, look for properties with safety features such as fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors. As a host, make sure your property is equipped with these safety essentials and that they are regularly checked and maintained.

Communicate openly and honestly: Good communication between hosts and guests is crucial for a successful short-term rental experience. Be upfront about any property rules, expectations, and restrictions. Make sure you communicate any specific needs or requirements and ask questions if you are unsure about anything.

Understanding the regulations and best practices for short-term rental accommodation in NSW is essential for both hosts and guests. By staying informed and following these tips, you can ensure a smooth, enjoyable, and hassle-free experience for everyone involved!