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Holiday rental is a long established practice in Australia and serves a range of purposes. The short term rental of houses and apartments to holiday makers, workers and students makes an important contribution to the local as well as the broader State and national economy. Holiday rental is the term used to describe the rental of a dwelling for short periods, most commonly for weekends or a few weeks for holidays. Short term rental is also used by workers, students and the like who require residential accommodation for a limited period of time.
The use of a dwelling for the provision of holiday accommodation can be considered to be ancillary to the main use of the residential property. A dwelling includes a room or suite of rooms occupied or used as a separate domicile (including a house, villa, town house, apartment or granny flat) whether for permanent or holiday accommodation.

Holiday rental of a residential property is typically through a licence agreement rather than a tenancy agreement under the relevant state and territory residential tenancy legislation.
Holiday rental of dwellings can make a positive sustainable contribution to local tourism and communities, and should be managed so as to minimise any adverse social or environmental impacts. However in some areas, the increased use of dwellings for holiday rental accommodation has led to some impacts on amenity such as in relation to noise and car parking issues.

This Code of Conduct has been developed and refined over several years to provide a self- regulatory approach in the management of holiday and short term rental. This approach has been used in some areas and has been found to be successful in managing amenity impacts associated with holiday rental, particularly in New South Wales.
The Holiday Rental Industry Association (HRIA) was launched in February 2013 as a national peak industry body for Australia’s holiday rental industry. One of the key objectives of the HRIA is to promote the sustainable development of the industry through enhancing industry standards and promoting self regulation in cooperation with local government and other stakeholders.

In accordance with those objectives the HRIA resolved to adopt and adapt the Code of Conduct to apply to the holiday rental industry throughout Australia.

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