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ANYONE WHO HAS been paying attention to the escalating showdown between Airbnb and New York City’s hotel industry will not be surprised that the $31 billion startup just lost, handily. This afternoon, the New York City Council passed a bill that will force Airbnb to provide the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement with the names and addresses of its hosts. Other cities have passed similar laws, resulting in precipitous declines in listings. Because New York has strict laws about the homes that are allowed to be listed, and many hosts choose to skirt them, this could have more detrimental effects as the city identifies and fines these hosts more easily.
Jessi Hempel

Stratas granted ability to fine hosts of illegal Airbnb suites $1,000/day

Homeowners groups in British Columbia will soon be able to fine owners or residents up to $1,000 a day for defying the corporation's bylaws on short-term rentals. The B.C. government says the regulations for the so-called strata corporations will be changed as of Nov. 30 to help the associations address short-term rentals, such as those arranged through Airbnb and other vacation websites.
CTV News

Airbnb told to be clearer on total cost of bookings

Airbnb has been warned that its terms and conditions fall foul of EU consumer rules, especially on pricing. The European Commission has told the firm to tell consumers up-front the total cost of renting a property, including service and cleaning charges.
BBC News

Sydney family forced to move after exposure to meth-contaminated property

After finding a syringe in the garage of their rental near Penrith, Elle and her husband decided to get their house tested for drugs.  Their worst fears were confirmed. The property contained traces of methamphetamine residue at 7½ times the maximum level recommended by national guidelines. “People have been smoking and manufacturing for the last 15 to 20 years,” he said. “There’s a lot of historical contamination, the drug residue itself has a half-life of a decade, so you can imagine all these properties that people live in and move around to are continually contimatinating it as they move around.” said Meth Screen chief executive Ryan Matthews. Mr Matthews has called for tighter regulations that demand property managers and landlords prove a dwelling is free of meth residue.
Tawar Razaghi

Is your apartment block ready for electric cars, or are you in for a shock?

You've probably seen them in your car park – power points on the odd pillar or wall and a cable snaking off towards the bonnet of a car, where it's attached to a trickle charger for the vehicle's battery.
Australian Financial Review
Jimmy Thomson

Replacement cladding fails fire safety test

A popular cladding brand failed a safety test this week - despite being seen as so fire-safe that it is permitted on tall buildings without any extra tests, Newsnight has learned.
BBC News
Chris Cook

Replacement cladding fails fire safety test

A popular cladding brand failed a safety test this week - despite being seen as so fire-safe that it is permitted on tall buildings without any extra tests, Newsnight has learned. Cladding removed for failing tests may be being replaced by this brand, which has now failed the same test. 
BBC News
Chris Cook

New Laws to Protect Off-The-Plan Buyers

NSW home buyers who purchase off-the-plan will be able to terminate contracts or claim compensation if they're materially impacted by changes made to their properties, under proposed changes announced by the state government. Property Minister Victor Dominello on Saturday announced the reforms aimed at creating stronger protections for off-the-plan buyers.  "Buying off-the-plan has become increasingly popular. But there are risks involved, and buyers can't just rely on lavish display centres and glossy brochures," Mr Dominello said in a media release.
Jodie Stephens

NSW property buyers to get greater protection for off-the-plan purchases under proposed laws

Under new laws to be introduced to state parliament later this year, buyers will be given a copy of the proposed plan before contracts are signed, they will be able to cancel a contract or claim compensation if material changes are made and the cooling off period will be extended to 10 business days.  Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Victor Dominello, said developers would have to tell the purchaser things when things had changed. "If there is a material alteration, the purchaser then has remedy," Mr Dominello said. The Owners Corporation Network supports the reforms, saying right now buyers are not protected. "If someone purchases a million-dollar apartment, they have fewer protections currently than someone who purchases a $10 toaster," executive officer Karen Stiles said.
ABC News
Lily Mayers

Higher density and diversity: apartments are Australia at its most multicultural

Increasing numbers of city dwellers live in apartments. This is particularly the case for migrants. And that makes apartment buildings important hubs of multiculturalism in our cities.
The Conversation
Christina Ho Edgar Liu and Hazel Easthope

Proposed Legislation Falls Short of Global Standards

The advent of 'home sharing' websites has stirred debate among communities property owners and politicians. The rise of short-term letting highlights the need for a well-regulated sector so that adverse environmental and social impacts aer minimised.  The recently proposed short -term letting regulations by the NSW Government are a good start but fall well short of global standards.
CBRE Viewpoint
Danny Lee

I’m the angry note lady

IS IT OK for someone to leave their personal belongings outside their apartment? Bikes, shoes, sometimes even garbage (which is en route to the bin) in the corridor of an apartment building?
Kristen Henry