South Coast council begs holiday-home owners to rent out properties as housing crisis escalates

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

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

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

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

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

A man in a white t-shirt smiling by a river.
Mayor Mathew Hatcher says he needs the help of holiday-home owners to remedy the housing crisis.(ABC South East: Keira Proust)

About 4,000 homes in the Eurobodalla Shire, which stretches from South Durras in the north to past 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 who live interstate or overseas.

When 500 houses 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 were placed into the market,” Cr Hatcher said.

Families facing winter in tents, caravans

The shortage of affordable rental accommodation in the area has left more than 50 people living at a campground near Moruya because they have no alternative option. 

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

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