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The fight back: dealing with the rental headaches from short-term letting

Hiring out your apartment for a night or two has been seen by many people as a harmless way of earning extra cash. But the ugly side of the short-term letting industry has grown commensurately with its popularity, and now there are also a swathe of businesses offering advice on how to kick illegal short-term letters out of buildings. One service dedicated solely to policing blocks for unauthorised lets, and advising owners on how to shut them down has grown 25 per cent month-on-month  in both customer numbers and revenue since its official launch in late January.
Sue Williams

Consider the human cost of higher rates for units

Changes in rates and taxes for units have impacted negatively on owners and renters, particularly those in lower priced properties. There are numerous examples where strata properties are charged higher rates than similar valued houses although the house may use up to four times more land. These arrangements are unfair. In February 2018, the ACT Legislative Assembly agreed to a public accounts committee inquiry into the way rates and taxes are calculated for strata properties. This emerged, in part, from a petition sponsored by the Owners Corporation Network, supported by strata managers, asking the assembly to return to the previous system of calculating rates and land tax. Almost 5800 Canberrans supported this petition. The inquiry is nearing an end. It received 97 submissions and heard from many unit owners.
The Canberra Times
Gary Petherbridge

How to implement sustainable retrofits in your strata scheme

Do you wish that your building could be more efficient, cost effective and environmentally sustainable? Don’t know where to start or how to get it done? Then this site is for you. Follow the step by step guide to undertaking sustainable retrofits in your strata scheme and help to transform your building.
UNSW City Futures Research Centre

Why apartment owners should avoid one-stop strata shops at all costs

If there was ever proof needed of the naivete of prospective apartment owners – and the expectation of developers that new apartment buyers don't know their assets from a hole in the ground – it was the concept of the one-stop strata shop. The idea was that you bought the apartment off the plan or brand new and didn't have to worry about strata managers and building managers because the developer already had that covered. Signing up with strata and building managers who are owned by your developer is at best lazy and at worst insane, for fairly obvious reasons.
The Australian Financial Review
Jimmy Thomson

Owners of NSW apartments with combustible cladding may need second mortgage for repairs

Apartment owners in the 435 NSW buildings identified to have been built with potentially high-risk combustible cladding may have to take out new mortgages to raise the money to make them safe.  The longer they delay action, the higher the risk of a devastating fire with loss of life and a potentially ruinous damages bill, and the more likely their insurance could be cancelled. “There’s no comfort for anyone in this situation,” warns Stephen Goddard, the chair of the peak apartment-owners body Owners Corporation Network.
Sue Williams

Airbnb set to hand over hosts’ names to Revenue

Online short-term lettings platform Airbnb is set to hand over details on thousands of hosts in Ireland who let out property via the website in 2017, as part of an information-sharing agreement with the Revenue Commissioners. The move comes as regulations for greater enforcement of the short-term lettings market are set to be announced next week. The global platform, which has attracted significant criticism of late for taking properties away from the long-term rental market, and may be the subject of upcoming rules and regulations from the Department of Housing, has until the end of September to pass on details of all the hosts on its site.
The Irish Times
Fiona Reddan

Another wild party at rental in Melbourne

A rented apartment has been trashed during a wild party in Melbourne's CBD with neighbours terrorised as youths rampaged through the hallways and robbed apartments.
Christine McGinn

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