July 25, 2017

State Government reviews ‘confusing, polarising’ Airbnb regulations

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Susan Vincent-Billing with her children Leo 3 and Olympia 1 at their Airbnb in Milsons Passage that could be effected by changes or implementation of the short term letting strata and planning laws. Photo: Sue Graham DISAPPEARING to a waterside hideaway at Berowra Waters or a retreat at Milsons Passage could be a thing of the past, as some short-term holiday letters may be forced to close their doors to tourists.

A NSW Parliament Legislative Assembly Committee has held a public inquiry on the “adequacy of regulation of short-term holiday letting”.

Hornsby state Liberal MP and Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean said industry feedback was now needed to “identify appropriate regulations for short-term holiday letting as part of its response to the recommendations”. Airbnb has become increasingly popular across the globe. “We need to find what will work best for the people of NSW, which is why we’re issuing an options paper for discussion,” Mr Kean said.

“We don’t want a holiday accommodation market that’s so over-regulated it puts people off coming here but the rights of residents who live near these properties must be considered, too.

“While short-term holiday letting, if properly managed and respected by all parties, can […]

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