News | Owners Corporation Network

News

AHURI 1-Day Conference 'Disrupting the housing market'

About the event Tuesday 4 December 2018, Hobart.  The rapid introduction of new technologies has seen many sectors ‘disrupted’, with emerging technologies changing the way business is done and enhancing opportunities for consumers. In the housing market, Airbnb is a leading example, but what other technology is changing the housing market and what are the opportunities for policy makers, housing providers and consumers across the entire housing continuum?

Paris official seeks to outlaw Airbnb rentals in city centre

PARIS: The Paris city council member in charge of housing said Thursday (Sep 6) that he would propose outlawing home rentals via Airbnb and other websites in the city centre, accusing the service of forcing residents out of the French capital.
Channel NewsAsia

Even goldfish could be banned - until now

Most Australians are inherently reasonable and do not presume to regulate their neighbours' private lives. One glaring exception is pets in strata schemes.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Cathy Sherry

Minter Ellison National Cladding Update

A year on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Minter Ellison deemed it timely to revisit what is happening across Australia.  The attached update is not intended to be legal advice.  It is an overview of the activities that have taken place up to 31 August 2018, and activities in response to the cladding issue are continuing.  Future developments may occur that may impact what is covered in the alert.  Thanks go to authors Jeanette Barbaro and Bianca Pyers of Minter Ellison for giving permission to post this update.

Why New York's crackdown on Uber, Airbnb may spread around the world

Until recently, when they were glossy new additions to the economy, Uber and Airbnb had managed to escape regulations that applied to their traditional rivals in the taxi and hotel industries. Now one of the biggest cities in the world - and one of the companies' most important markets - has declared the jig is up. Dr Veena Dubal, an associate professor of law at the University of California, says New York's recent moves will send a signal to governments around the world, including Australia's, that it is time to more aggressively regulate these services.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Matthew Knott

B&B Pioneer Calls It Quits

AFTER four decades at the helm of a small kingdom of B&Bs in Tasmania, Lynne Headlam is bowing out — largely because she says she cannot compete in the new unregulated accommodation market.Ms Headlam was operating 13 self-contained colonial cottages
The Mercury

Airbnb and the so-called sharing economy is hollowing out our cities

The banner hung from a third-floor balcony, unfurling itself almost all the way down to the cobbles of the square. Barcelona no està en venda, it read, in large hand-painted letters: the city is not for sale. It wasn’t the first such slogan we’d seen in only an hour or so strolling around the narrow, winding streets of Barcelona’s beautiful old quarter last week, and naturally our curiosity was piqued. Something to do with gentrification, or developers maybe? Well, partly. But, disconcertingly, it turned out to have quite a lot to do with people like us, and possibly you too.
The Guardian
Gabby Hinsliff

‘Overtourism’ Worries Europe. How Much Did Technology Help Get Us There?

Over the summer, my wife and I traveled with our two young kids on a two-week vacation through Europe. It wasn’t as highfalutin as it sounds. In London, our Airbnb had ample skylights — which rendered the place all but uninhabitable during Europe’s heat wave. In Paris, our charming home-share had a cavernous hole in the ceiling of the entryway, revealing load-bearing beams that appeared to have been rotting since Napoleon’s reign. And in Amsterdam, our Airbnb advertised a kids’ bedroom stocked with toys — but failed to mention the mosquitoes and mice. But my tech-abetted trip was illuminating, too, because it provided a firsthand look into a vexing problem that has gripped much of Europe lately — the worry of “overtourism,” and the rising chorus that blames technologies like Airbnb, Uber and other internet-enabled travel conveniences for the menace.
The New York Times
Farhad Manjoo

Paris leads efforts to puncture Airbnb

Paris officials are announcing record fines for serial renters using the service as lawmakers near the adoption of a new law that would make the American company liable for thousands of unregistered listings on its site. The stakes are high: France is the world’s most-visited country, and Paris is reportedly Airbnb’s single-biggest city market worldwide.
Politico
Zachary Young

Lacrosse owners, hit by soaring insurance premiums, take $11m recladding loan

Owners of the 328 apartments in Melbourne's troubled Lacrosse building have taken out an $11 million loan to cover replacing its combustible cladding, nearly four years after the original fire at the residential tower.
Australian Financial Review
Michael Bleby

Mornington Peninsula council implements Airbnb, Stayz registration fees and code of conduct for guests

Property owners and holidaymakers in one of Victoria’s most popular destinations face fees and restrictions under new code of conduct laws.
Domain
Melissa Heagney

Human Rights Commission warns on flammable cladding

The use of flammable cladding on Grenfell Tower and other high-rise residential blocks constitutes a breach of the residents’ human rights, according to the Equality & Human Rights Commission, and thus exposes public authorities to prosecution under the Human Rights Act 1998.
The Construction Index

Sydney unit owners face uncertainty over who will foot $7m bill to remove illegal cladding

Colin Knowles thought he was buying his dream home in Pyrmont in 2000. Little did he know his apartment building was covered in a flammable and dangerous cladding now considered illegal.
Domain
Tawar Razaghi

LU Simon director Jim Moschoyiannis breached building act over Lacrosse cladding

The first legal blow has fallen in Australia's cladding crisis, with a Victorian building regulator finding LU Simon director Jim Moschoyiannis broke the law by putting flammable cladding on Melbourne's Lacrosse building.
Australian Financial Review
Michael Bleby