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Some apartment owners in New South Wales could be banned from renting their properties on Airbnb, after the state government reached a compromise position on laws governing short-term holiday rentals. Strata owners corporations will be given the power to pass by-laws that prevent short-term letting in their block if the host does not live in the unit they are letting out. The new scheme was unveiled by Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean. Owners Corporation Network of Australia spokesman Stephen Goddard said he hoped party houses were a thing of the past. “The party houses are hopefully over. The fact that there’s a code of conduct will put an end to people’s amenity being destroyed by people on holiday without any concern about where they are,” he said.