PHOTO: Supplied – Waiheke Island bach owners who rent out their properties are among those facing huge rates rises.
Holiday home owners stung by rates hikes of up to 300 per cent may take legal action against Auckland Council.
Holiday home management company Bachcare, which lists 2000 properties online, is considering seeking a judicial review of the council’s decision to charge rental holiday homes owners both business and targeted rates.
A group of hotels, motels and serviced apartments is already taking High Court action claiming a targeted rate on commercial accommodation providers to pay for tourism promotion was unfair when other businesses also benefited from it.
Bachcare founder Leslie Preston said her legal advice indicated they had an equally strong legal basis for challenging the council’s decision to hit holiday homes that are rented out for more than 28 days a year.
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