Williams Corporation

PHOTO:JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/STUFF Williams Corporation managing directors Matthew Horncastle, left, and Blair Chappell have removed references to Airbnb from their promotional material.

Christchurch’s most prolific residential property developer has been ordered to remove any reference about Airbnb from its promotional material.

Information packs on Williams Corporation developments, including one in Merivale Ln, until recently featured an Airbnb appraisal alongside the projected income buyers could expect from renting the property out long-term.

The company has been granted resource consents for its housing developments under residential zoning rules, but opponents have argued the complexes are commercial operations targeted for Airbnb use.

Property owners in most residential zones need a resource consent to rent out their entire properties as short-term accommodation.

Merivale Ln residents, who oppose the development of an 18-unit, two-storey complex on their street, took issue with a Williams Corporation Airbnb appraisal that stated “the owner may be subject to obtaining resource consents although the likelihood of the council enforcing this is low at this stage”.




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