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Airbnb is 'gutting our community', says mayor of holiday hotspot Byron Bay

“Airbnb’s gutting our community,” he says. “From our point of view, it’s an illegal activity in a residential zone.” For years, the council has tried and failed to quarantine certain suburbs from Airbnb. “Suffolk Park used to be the single mums’ capital of Australia,” say Richardson, “but now it’s been gutted because [on some weeks] every second house is empty, which means no-one’s volunteering at the surf club, no-one’s got their kids at school … you’re eroding the community.”
Sydney Morning Herald
Mark Dapin

Last-minute Airbnb cancellations trigger calls for more regulation

Three families were left stranded without accommodation during the Easter holidays after accommodation website Airbnb cancelled a booking without reason, prompting further urgency to regulate the group.
Australian Financial Review
Su-Lin Tan

Last-minute Airbnb cancellations trigger calls for more regulation

Three families were left stranded without accommodation during the Easter holidays after accommodation website Airbnb cancelled a booking without reason, prompting further urgency to regulate the group.
Australian Financial Review
Su-Lin Tan

Class action seeks $4.2b compensation over flammable cladding

A $4.2 billion class action on behalf of about 250,000 owners and residents of about 1400 apartments is being planned in Victoria as the first stage in a national campaign against construction companies to compensate for the costs of replacing combustible cladding.
Australian Financial Review
Duncan Hughes

Here’s How Vacation Rental Companies Like Airbnb Actually Affect Hawai‘i Locals

Search Airbnb or VRBO for a place to stay in Kailua and you’ll find dozens of vacation rental options from which to choose. From single rooms to entire estates, homes are available in every charming corner of Kailua on these sites, and the closer you get to the water, the denser the opportunities become.
Honolulu Magazine
Rachel Ross Bradley

Here’s How Vacation Rental Companies Like Airbnb Actually Affect Hawai‘i Locals

Search Airbnb or VRBO for a place to stay in Kailua and you’ll find dozens of vacation rental options from which to choose. From single rooms to entire estates, homes are available in every charming corner of Kailua on these sites, and the closer you get to the water, the denser the opportunities become.
Honolulu Magazine
Rachel Ross Bradley

Singapore Court Imposes Hefty Fines for Airbnb Rentals

Singapore (AP) -- A court in Singapore on Tuesday fined two men 60,000 Singapore dollars ($45,800) each for breaching laws banning short-term rentals by renting out condominium units through online services such as Airbnb, Craigslist and HomeAway.
Bloomberg
The Associated Press

Cities look to short-term rental regulations to fix housing crises

Ten years ago, "bubble" was the buzzy housing term. Now, the hot term is "crisis."
SmartCities Dive
Katie Pyzyk

‘Minpaku’ ads crackdown kicks in as Airbnb acts before new law

Airbnb, the world’s leading accommodation booking website, is to stop advertising illegal “minpaku” private lodging facilities ahead of Japan’s introduction in June of new rules against them.
Asahi
TAKEHO MORITA/ Staff Writer

ACT residents unwilling to complain about building quality issues to protect property value

The extent of building quality issues in the ACT is more serious than anyone is aware because people are unwilling to complain about problems that could de-value their assets, according to campaigners for change.
Sydney Morning Herald
Kimberley Le Lievre

Activists say Airbnb makes New Orleans housing shortage worse

Airbnb and other platforms for short-term rental listings are exacerbating the housing crisis in New Orleans, says a new report from the Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative (JPNSI). The analysis in the report falls in line with similar findings in other cities — a substantial chunk of short-term rentals are controlled by operators with multiple properties, suggesting that landlords are choosing to put units on Airbnb and other sites, eschewing long-term tenants.
The Verge
Sarah Jeong

Activists say Airbnb makes New Orleans housing shortage worse

Airbnb and other platforms for short-term rental listings are exacerbating the housing crisis in New Orleans, says a new report from the Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative (JPNSI). The analysis in the report falls in line with similar findings in other cities — a substantial chunk of short-term rentals are controlled by operators with multiple properties, suggesting that landlords are choosing to put units on Airbnb and other sites, eschewing long-term tenants.
The Verge
Sarah Jeong

New Queensland planning law puts transparency and accountability at risk

Recent changes in Queensland planning law continue the shift toward a more commercially oriented, business-friendly planning framework that relegates accountability and public access and influence to a minimum.
The Fifth Estate
Philippa England

Council 'bail-out' not an option, developers warned

Wyndham council has put developers on notice that it will not take over the running of big-scale attractions in new estates once the going gets tough. Councillor Mia Shaw said she was increasingly concerned by the emerging problem of developers building grandiose community assets and then handballing the management to an owners’ corporation. “If you look around ours and other growth areas, it seems large developers are building regional-scale, or non-local-scale assets, purely to drive up sales in their estate. Some might say this is fair and is only market forces at play, but stand back and think about the consequences,” she said.  
Star Weekly
CHARLENE MACAULAY

Tenants may be at risk as Airbnb ads flood rent-stabilized Brooklyn apartments

Someone is papering a rent-stabilized housing complex in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood with flyers urging tenants to list their homes on Airbnb, housing advocates told the Daily News. New York Communities for Change canvassers were knocking on doors at the Ebbets Field apartment complex in Crown Heights when they spotted flyers for an “Airbnb agent and manager” promising big bucks without all the hassle of setting up the listing. “A few of our folks were canvassing and stumbled upon this ‘Airbnb, earn $2,000 to rent out your apartment’ — which is ironic, because they’re up in a rent-stabilized apartment where it’s illegal to do that,” the group’s executive director Jonathan Westin told The News.  
Daily News New York
Jillian Jorgensen