July 20, 2017

Just 81 Victorian properties removed from Airbnb

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Short-stay website Airbnb says it has removed just 81 property listings in Victoria over the past year, despite horror stories of neighbours subjected to party houses listed for rent online.

But a group representing Melbourne apartment buildings wants stronger protections against owners and commercial operators who list properties on short-stay sites without regard for the wellbeing of neighbours. SHARE

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A CCTV still submitted to the inquiry shows short-stay guests at a Melbourne apartment tower in February. Image shows … Airbnb’s head of public policy for Australia and New Zealand, Brent Thomas, told a Victorian parliamentary inquiry that the online operator had recently introduced a new online tool for neighbours to report problems .The popular Airbnb site is among several other operators that allow people to list properties online for short-term tenants.Mr Thomas said the vast majority of Airbnb hosts acted responsibly, with most sharing the homes they lived in."When issues do arise in those very rare circumstances, we work very closely with our community to try and resolve them," Mr Thomas said.He said Airbnb took property damage and disruption to neighbours seriously."But we do have a fundamental […]

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