NSW government proposes big shake-up of short term rental hosts

July 26th, 2017 | | Accommodation

A NSW Senate options paper on short-term letting will be released as soon as this Friday and looks to ease restrictions on holiday leasing providers such as Airbnb.

To make the system fairer and safer, short-term letters will have to acquire a license and pay a levy to cover the costs of providing extra security and maintaining shared amenities used by their guests. There is also talk of putting a time limit on owners, similar to cities like New York where it is illegal to advertise an entire unoccupied apartment for more than 30 days.

According to Domain, the key elements proposed for public discussion are likely to be:

  • Self-regulation and codes of conduct for the industry.
  • New powers, including by-laws, allowing apartment block owners corporations (body corporates) to restrict and regulate short-term letting in residential buildings.
  • Owners corporations being given the power to charge holiday letting “hosts” additional levies to cover increased wear and tear and security for apartment blocks.
  • A registration scheme, similar to that in European cities like Barcelona, whereby holiday lets must be registered with local authorities.
  • A review of planning regulations with a view to redefining “residential-only” to possibly allow for the partial letting of rooms in residential homes.

Airbnb said they welcomed any moves to curb misuse of their service and statewide regulation would bring clarity to its customers.

“We would look forward to sitting down with the Government and working through anything that’s sensible and anything that’s fair but it’s got to protect people’s right to respectfully share their own homes,” said Airbnb’s public policy manager for Australia and New Zealand Brent Thomas.

However making those letting their properties get licences isn’t exactly the ‘Airbnb way’. The red tape involved in forcing hosts to get licenses was a “barrier to participation” and goes against the accessibility offered in the shared economy, Mr Thomas had previously told AAP.

What do you think? Is this becoming fairer for those wishing to ‘share’ their properties and the commercial operators who compete with them? Have your say.

Sourced by Alex Harmon

Source: Domain, ABC


4 Responses

  1. Keith says:

    Not good enough. The proposals seem to want to ask how much, in the way of holiday rentals in residential buildings/suburbs, residents can stomach.

    Residential homes are for housing residents. We’ve undertaken all due dilligence when purchasing or renting our homes and we’ve got legislation at every level and excellent case law which steadfastly backs up the claim that mixing holiday lets with permanent residents is “fundamentally incompatible”.

    Let’s face it: why should motel/B&B/hotel operators etc have to comply with all levels of construction, fire & rescue, disability access, planning/zoning legislation etc, which NSW Legislators turn themselves inside out to capitulate and hand our homes over to the short-term letting industry?

    • John says:

      Hi Keith,

      I have a question for you, do you use UBER, diliveroo or Airtasker? It’s all the same mate, and if you do your already supporting the same system.

      • Keith says:

        Hi John
        The answer to your question is: No. I don’t use them because, yes, they ARE the same thing.
        Cheers mate

  2. Silke says:

    The options paper is available here with submission due 31 October 2017