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International Tourism Law Institute

Workshop for

Holiday Rental Owners and Managers

Why attend?

Would you like the peace of mind, security and satisfaction that come from knowing you have done what’s necessary to minimise the risks and reap the rewards that come from a legally compliant holiday rental property/business?

The risks (which are avoidable) include:

  • disputes, prosecution, litigation, costs, damages, penalties and loss of business.

The rewards (which are achievable) include:

  • fair and ethical trading, risk avoidance, revenue protection, recoupment of costs, dispute resolution and competitive advantage.

Register now and meet two of Australia’s leading experts Trevor and Trudie Atherton who will explain the legal framework for holiday rental and show you the key strategies, procedures and best practices to help you ensure legal compliance.


  • $175 per person inc GST
  • Less 10% ($17.50) discount for attendees who are owners or managers of holiday rental properties listed on one or more of the Fairfax holiday rental portals Stayz, Rent-a-Home and Take-a-break.

During the workshop you will learn

  • How to deal with the important legal differences between tenants, guests and visitors
  • The often overlooked innkeepers doctrine and how to manage your rights and duties
  • House rules and how they can be used to your advantage
  • Key issues in agency, management and caretaking
  • Contractual rights and remedies and how to fine tune your terms and conditions and ensure they are enforceable
  • Your duty of care to guests and visitors and how to manage the risks
  • Cancellations, damages and refunds and how to cover your risks and achieve a fair and legally enforceable result
  • Key issues in marketing and distribution through portals, web sites, travel agents and other intermediaries
  • Consumer protection law and how to ensure compliance and avoid liabilities
  • Your rights and liabilities on termination and eviction
  • How holiday rental is treated in planning law and what to look out for in your local council provisions/instruments
  • Taxation advantages and pitfalls with holiday rental business and property
  • Industry associations you should belong to and self regulatory codes of conduct
  • How to handle complaints, consumer claims and dispute resolution
  • Insurance the last resort.
  • Who should attend?

    Owners and managers of holiday rental property including houses, villas, apartments, units, cabins and the like offered for short term rental.

    Note, separate specialised workshops are being organised for owners and managers of commercial accommodation including hotels, resorts, serviced apartments, motels and the like, as some of the key issues are different from holiday rental.

    About your workshop presenters

    Recognised experts in this field Trevor & Trudie Atherton are:

  • authors of the leading text Tourism, Travel & Hospitality Law 2ed Thomson Reuters Sydney 2011 559 pages,
  • experienced tourism and holiday rental owner operators
  • visiting professors in Tourism Law at Bond and other Universities wit advanced training and experience teaching Tourism Law to lawyers and non-lawyers
  • lawyers with specialist post graduate degrees in Tourism Management and Tourism Law
  • directors of Atherton Advisory, key advisor to industry and government on the subject.
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