Airbnb

Just what we need – another crowd cashes in on the Airbnb boom

Just what we need – another crowd cashes in on the Airbnb boom

We received a press release last week from a UK-based company called Airsorted. They are promising to make it easier for you to let out – sorry, “share” – your apartment on Airbnb without ever having to actually meet the allegedly lovely people you are sharing it with. They say they are “the world’s only […]

Airbnb fury as tenants claim survey findings were misconstrued

Airbnb fury as tenants claim survey findings were misconstrued

by Jimmy Thomson and Sue Williams The influential tenants’ group behind a study frequently used by Airbnb to justify the spread of short-term holiday letting in NSW says  its research has been misconstrued by the online letting agency.Tenants Union of NSW officials accused Airbnb of cherry-picking the findings to support  its case and denied that they see no problem in […]

Roundup: Airbnb’s MP mates offer a crumb of discomfort

Roundup: Airbnb’s MP mates offer a crumb of discomfort

Finally we get the Government’s short-term letting laws – or at least the proposals – and they turn out to be little more than a “surrender tackle” on Airbnb with a half-hearted and possibly half-baked plan to allow owners corporations to pass by-laws restricting short-term letting of whole apartments.  To be fair, the last-minute allowance for strata schemes […]

Sydney MP’s ‘quasi-hotel’ fears for city apartment blocks

Sydney MP’s ‘quasi-hotel’ fears for city apartment blocks

Alex Greenwich, Independent Member for Sydney, welcomed moves towards a model that would give apartment communities some say on short term letting in their buildings, but said that changes do not go far enough to protect buildings from turning into quasi hotels because owners’ corporations will have no say when short term letting is less […]

New Airbnb laws come with ’empty flat’ escape clause

New Airbnb laws come with ’empty flat’ escape clause

After several false starts the NSW government has released its proposed changes to planning laws that will take the current restrictions off online holiday letting platforms like Airbnb. And while they will reluctantly allow owners corporations to pass by-laws banning whole home lets while the owner isn’t present, they will remove all restrictions on genuine […]