Airbnb: NSW government offers short-term rental hosts to license and pay tax

Update

July 21, 2017, 6:07 p.m.

With more visitors to NSW using accommodation services like Airbnb and Stayz, the state government has proposed a regulatory crackdown claiming that increased guest numbers are disrupting traffic, threatening the safety of neighbors and exerts pressure on the facilities of shared strata.

Key points:

  • NSW government offers letters using online hosting services to license and pay levy
  • A time limit for guest stays may also be imposed
  • Airbnb says hosts should always have the right to share homes

Today the NSW government released a public document outlining options for regulating short-term vacation rentals statewide, with the intention of resuming what is currently an ad hoc process from advice to advice.

Short-term letters will need to license and pay a fee to cover costs associated with providing additional security and maintaining shared equipment used by their guests, as part of the new changes.

The government may also impose a time limit on letters, such as in New York City where it is illegal to advertise an entire apartment that is unoccupied for more than 30 days.

Airbnb is emerging as a leader in visitor accommodation, with around 42,000 listings in New South Wales.

Planning and Housing Minister Anthony Roberts said a framework is needed to address the concerns of building owners and disturbed neighbors.

“It’s about finding the right balance to ensure that neighbors have certain rights and protections, as well as providing people who choose to rent out their accommodation for a short period,” he said.

The NSW government has proposed ceding more powers to the State Civil and Administrative Court (NCAT) and owner companies to resolve disputes.

Over the next three months, the proposed changes will be open for public and industry consultation as the government develops a framework to monitor the short-term rental industry.

People have the right to share their own home “respectively”: Airbnb

Airbnb said it welcomes any initiative to tackle misuse of its service and that statewide regulation will bring clarity to its customers.

“We would be anxious to sit down with the government and work on whatever makes sense and that’s right, but it must protect the right of people to respectfully share their own homes,” said Brent Thomas, head of public policy at Airbnb. for Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Thomas said South Australia and Tasmania were providers of a fair policy.

In June 2016, South Australia became the first state to get rid of developer apps.

Earlier that year, a court ruling in Tasmania allowed hosts to rent properties for up to six weeks without a permit.

Victoria and Queensland do not have specific regulations in place regarding Airbnb.

“It would be a real shame to see NSW win the award for the least innovative state and the least tourism friendly state in Australia,” said Thomas, citing the $ 5,000,000 a year he is injecting. in the state economy.

Proposed changes are not enough, say residents

Neighbors not Strangers spokeswoman Trish Burt said the idea of ​​limiting the number of nights a property can be rented on accommodation websites was not enough.

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Neighbors not Strangers’ Trish Burt thinks the proposed changes aren’t strong enough. (ABC News: David Spicer)

She fought for years to prevent landlords from renting apartments in her Sydney apartment building at Circular Quay.

“It’s a residential building and we tried to stress that the disruption every day of the year was intolerable. One night can be a disaster and how do you control that, and who is going to pay to watch that?” she said.

She said New South Wales laws already ensure properties are zoned residential or approved by local councils, such as bed and breakfasts, where the owner lives on site.

Doug Luke of Victims of Holiday Letting, said 60% of the homes on a street in Bryon Bay are vacation rentals.

“There are a lot of people screaming, screaming and people jumping in the pool late. You survive one lot and within a few days there is another. You live in constant fear. A lot of people are intimidated.” , did he declare.

“The option document is very broad. We need a stronger vacation code of conduct. We would like our councils to have more power in their local areas.”

The subjects:

tourism, travel-and-tourism, state and territory government, nsw

First publication

July 21, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

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