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Cladding Fire Risk for 12,000 Queensland Buildings, UK Calls for Cladding Ban

As many as 12,000 Queensland buildings could have been built with the same flammable cladding blamed for London's Grenfell Tower fire.
The Urban Developer
Construction

Cladding Fire Risk for 12,000 Queensland Buildings, UK Calls for Cladding Ban

As many as 12,000 Queensland buildings could have been built with the same flammable cladding blamed for London's Grenfell Tower fire.
The Urban Developer
Construction

Our apartment buildings could very soon be invaded, thanks to Airbnb

At least with WestConnex, the NSW government acquired homes. Ours, on the other hand, could very soon be invaded.

A new framework for regulating Airbnb and other short-stay accommodation platforms is apparently set to go before the NSW cabinet on Thursday.

On behalf of people who live in and own apartments, consider this our last minute plea for sensible, democratic reforms to short-term holiday letting. Apartment owners should have the right to decide on whether short-term stays are allowed in our buildings, which we pay to maintain.

Miranda apartment owners fear their block will become ‘backpacker hostel’

Residents in a resort-style apartment complex at Miranda fear it will become “a backpacker hostel” if authorities won’t take action to stop it being used for short-term holiday letting. The strata committee and individual residents in The Wilshire, which has 116 units, in Willock Avenue, hit a brick wall trying to prevent one owner letting his unit through Airbnb and Stayz.  They are angry Sutherland Shire Council declined to take action despite legal advice to the committee the operation is illegal under the Local Environmental Plan (LEP).
Domain
Murray Trembath

Spain Cracked Down Big on Airbnb Last Week

If you have a vacation coming up in Barcelona (or Madrid, or Mallorca, or Valencia, or Andalusia...so, like, half of Spain) and you're staying in an Airbnb, listen up. In the past week, provinces across the country proposed new regulations on home shares and vacation rentals that may put a damper on your upcoming holiday. While the new regulations aren't officially laws yet, they're shaking up the rental market, and could result in as many as 95 percent of Madrid's city center Airbnbs being pulled from the site over the next year.
Conde Nast Traveller
Meredith Carey

Airbnb Crackdown

Channel 9
Chris O'Keefe

Massive fire breaks out at Dubai residential tower

Muscat: Emergency services in Dubai have put out a massive fire at a residential tower in the popular Dubai Marina district of the city.
Times of Oman
Times News Service

Massive fire breaks out at Dubai residential tower

Muscat: Emergency services in Dubai have put out a massive fire at a residential tower in the popular Dubai Marina district of the city.
Times of Oman
Times News Service

Massive fire breaks out at Dubai residential tower

Why is this level of enforcement not seen in the building industry, an industry that delivers a high level of residential apartment defects that threaten health and life safety?
Times of Oman
Times News Service

Comptroller Stringer Statement on Airbnb’s Attempts to Distract from Its Effect on Rising Housing Costs

Stringer Demands Airbnb Finally Come Clean and Release Its Data “Same old, same old from Airbnb." Says Stringer. “Airbnb’s high-priced lobbyists are doing what they always do when confronted with facts they don’t like, which is hold press conferences to try and smear those who dare to question the company’s impact on cities. It’s the same playbook they have used around the globe, from Paris to Berlin to San Francisco. The fact is that Airbnb drives up rents for millions of working New Yorkers every single day by allowing unscrupulous landlords to turn once affordable apartments into private cash cows."
New York City Comptroller Press Release
NY City Comptroller

AI, facial recognition and IT desks coming to apartment developments near you

SCIENCE fiction is coming out of our dreams and computers, and into our homes.
Realestate.com.au
Nathan Mawby

Visitor car parks in no man’s land with many owners corporations powerless to enforce rules

It’s the wild west of apartment buildings. Crammed visitor car parks – where residents take up spots with their extra cars and strangers dump unregistered vehicles – are causing grief across Sydney’s high-rise communities because little can be done to stop people flouting the rules.
Domain
Tawar Razaghi

Neighbours at war as parking dispute returns to court

A self-described “arthritic septuagenarian”, Julian Canny does not look like the type of neighbour who disturbs the peace. But he is locked in a costly dispute with the owners of an inner-city apartment tower over car parking.
Domain
Andrew Taylor

Sydney’s social sustainability plan to tackle isolation in high-rise

Measures to strengthen social connections of people living in apartments is part of a new plan to improve social sustainability in the City of Sydney, which could include block parties and “community concierges”, and requiring more communal spaces in new developments. The city has 75 per cent of its population living in high-density apartments – expected to grow to 90 per cent – with 40 per cent living alone. A survey of residents found that less than half were satisfied with feeling part of the community, with 51 per cent of residents reporting they were neutral, unsatisfied or very unsatisfied. Only just over half thought they could get help from neighbours if needed. With increasing levels of density, the city says improving social cohesion is crucial to mitigating the challenges of high-density living, including issues relating to noise, parking and pets.
The Fifth Estate
Cameron Jewell

Room with a sue: Airbnb strata battles showing up in court

In one case, a condo owner argued he wasn't renting his bedroom out — he was licensing its use. A photograph of about 15 pairs of men's shoes lined up outside a doorway was entered into evidence in another — proof the townhouse owner in question had used her unit as a kind of hostel. A case last September involved a North Vancouver woman who rented her three-bedroom, five-level townhouse as a hostel housing "a changing group of 10 to 20 strangers per night." According to the decision, the City demanded Emily Yu cease and desist after several inspections — including one noting the presence of vending machines.
CBC News
Jason Proctor