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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

Kings Cross residents attack NBN ‘brush off’ as disconnection looms

When Kings Cross resident John Flanagan returned home from two-months working interstate, he was stunned to see a letter from Telstra warning him he would soon be disconnected from the internet. After a long-running struggle with the national broadband network, he had thought the building's high-speed connection to the internet was safe for apartment owners in the prestigious 276-unit Elan building in Kings Cross.    
Sydney Morning Herald
Jennifer Duke

Cladding stand-off: Brisbane AutoHaus held up in debate over fire testing

A dispute over fire-testing between a cladding fabricator and the supplier of the country's market-leading aluminium panel has triggered a stalemate in the construction of the country's largest Mercedes-Benz dealership in Brisbane.
The Australian Financial Review
Michael Bleby

The unexpected costs of living the luxury apartment high life

Shocked luxury apartment buyers are discovering they are liable for thousands of dollars in additional annual maintenance fees on top of steep owners' corporation costs, according to industry specialists.
The Australian Financial Review
Duncan Hughes

Award-winning Landmark building at Charlestown has some problems

THEY call it the Landmark – a $24 million commercial and residential building on a look-at-me location at Charlestown that won a NSW Master Builders Association excellence in construction award in 2009. But nearly 10 years later the Landmark is in trouble as the NSW Government is criticised for doing too little, too late to protect unit owners, while supporting a unit development boom across the state.
Newcastle Herald
Joanne McCarthy