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Tenants Union claims Airbnb is twisting results of holiday letting report

The influential tenants' group behind a study frequently used by Airbnb to justify the spread of short-term holiday letting in NSW says  its research has been misconstrued by the online letting agency. Tenants Union of NSW officials accused Airbnb of cherry-picking the findings to support  its case and denied that they see no problem in the spread of Airbnb-style holiday lets into the residential market.
Australian Financial Review
Jimmy Thomson and Sue Williams

Powerless in the face of the Airbnb juggernaut

Regulation of Sydney’s ever-growing commercial short-term accommodation sector doesn’t have to be difficult. It is basically about common-sense.  You can have genuine home sharing, and you can also have balanced regulation which protects the rights of everyone else.  The battle has already been fought, the lessons learnt, in cities around the world. Sydney just needs to do the same.
Sydney Morning Herald
Carol Giuseppi

Power to the strata: The push to ban Airbnb in apartment blocks

Airbnb should be banned within apartment blocks unless strata committees or owners corporations vote to allow the home-sharing service in the building, Liberal MP John Sidoti says. “I believe that government doesn’t know best,” said the parliamentary secretary. “Strata knows best ... It should be about empowering strata.”
Sydney Morning Herald
Jacob Saulwick

SurroundSound in vertical villages

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), poor sleep is associated with a doubling of heart attack risk and a possible four-fold increase in the risk of stroke. Along with smoking, lack of exercise and poor diet, the WHO believes poor sleep should be considered a modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
CBD News
Columns & Skypad Living

Joseph Pollack has carparking space courtcase win

ERECTILE dysfunction doctor Joseph Pollak’s pricey Potts Point car space purchase has ended up in a costly court case win after almost three years of disputation with the owners corporation at the 1960s block, The Chimes.
Daily Telegraph
Jonathan Chancellor

Richard Glover on Airbnb

Richard Glover talks to the CEO of Tourism Accommodation Australia, Carol Giusseppi, about the facts and false fact regarding short term letting.  
ABC 702 Radio
Richard Glover

Government Must Arrest Airbnb Invasion

At least with WestConnex, the NSW government acquired homes.  Ours, on the other hand, could very well soon be invaded. On behalf of people who live in, and own apartments, consider this our last-minute plea for sensible, democratic reforms to short-term holiday letting. Owners should have the right to decide if short-term stays are allowed in our buildings.
St George & Sutherland Shire Leader
Stephen Goddard Comment

One person's ceiling is an Airbnb floor

You’ve bought a flat in a reasonably large block and you’re paying off the mortgage. You come home one night and you see some people wheeling their suitcases into the flat next door. More Airbnb guests, you think.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Editorial

Airbnb swamps another Melbourne high-rise, EQ Tower, sparking new rules

A new shimmering 63-storey, $300 million skyscraper that was meant to provide private residential accommodation to Melbourne's booming inner city population has instead become a quasi-hotel with dozens of rooms listed by owners and investors on Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and others.
Australian Financial Review
Larry Schlesinger

Airbnb swamps another Melbourne high-rise, EQ Tower, sparking new rules

A new shimmering 63-storey, $300 million skyscraper that was meant to provide private residential accommodation to Melbourne's booming inner city population has instead become a quasi-hotel with dozens of rooms listed by owners and investors on Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and others.
Australian Financial Review
Larry Schlesinger

Party room debate puts Airbnb laws on ice

Planned changes to the way Airbnb is regulated in NSW have been parked with the state government deferring internal debate on the issue.  It is understood at least six government MPs spoke out against the plan - forcing a deferral. Owners Corporation Network spokesman Stephen Goddard said he hopes the government gives a voice to strata corporations. "Short-term tenants bring extra wear and tear on lifts, pools, gyms and common laundries and we should be able to vote on if we'll wear those costs in return for extra rental potential," he said.  
The Australian
Tom Rabe

Airbnb regulation in NSW postponed after strong opposition in Coalition party room

The NSW Government has come down with a serious case of cold feet over proposed regulations for Airbnb and the home-sharing industry, after pushback from the Coalition party room. A key sticking point appears to be the Government's refusal to legislate to allow building owners to vote and ban the use of Airbnb in their buildings.  One MP has previously told the ABC that introducing the plan in the lead-up to next year's election would be "political suicide." Stephen Goddard from the Owners Corporation Network said he was relieved backbenchers did not support the proposed changes. "It is a relief to hear the Government backbench is taken by the view that owners in general meetings should have the democratic right to decide how their building should be used," he said. "It is fortunate for us and the community to see our local members hearing what's being said on the streets rather than being held captive by the likes of Airbnb."
ABC News
Sarah Gerathy and Nour Haydar

Airbnb regulation in NSW postponed after strong opposition in Coalition party room

Stephen Goddard from the Owners Corporation Network said he was relieved backbenchers did not support the proposed changes. "It is a relief to hear the Government backbench is taken by the view that owners in general meetings should have the democratic right to decide how their building should be used," he said. "It is fortunate for us and the community to see our local members hearing what's being said on the streets rather than being held captive by the likes of Airbnb."
ABC Online
Sarah Gerathy and Nour Haydar

Owners in award-winning building near Newcastle left with huge repair bill for ‘significant defects’

A building in Charlestown, south-west of Newcastle, that won a NSW Master Builders Association excellence in construction award a decade ago has been slammed in NSW Parliament as a building “constructed in a manner that in no way can be described as excellent”.  
Domain
Joanne McCarthy

Cladding Fire Risk for 12,000 Queensland Buildings, UK Calls for Cladding Ban

As many as 12,000 Queensland buildings could have been built with the same flammable cladding blamed for London's Grenfell Tower fire.
The Urban Developer
Construction