Airbnb and Stayz to be scrutinised at national forum
A NATIONAL forum on short-term holiday rental accommodation is being organised by the Australian Coastal Councils Association (ACCA) to consider planning issues associated with online short-term holiday rental platforms such as Airbnb and Stayz.
The event, pegged for March 20, will be held in conjunction with the 2018 Australian Coastal Councils Conference in Geelong, Victoria.
Chair of the ACCA Barry Sammels said the rapid rise in short-term holiday rental listings has highlighted the inadequacy of current planning policies and the regulatory uncertainty about how to address the issue.
"In recent times the issue has become a real dilemma for coastal councils,” he said.
"There are obvious advantages, such as the boost the websites can give to local tourism and the additional income they can generate for property owners.
"At the same time, however, some councils report a growing number of complaints from neighbours about noisy 'party houses' and from hotels and bed and breakfast operators who claim the short-term properties listed online are not adequately regulated.
"There are many facets of this issue to be considered, which is why a national forum aimed at finding effective planning responses is so important.”
Mr Sammels said the ACCA has commissioned a major research study into the issue, which is being conducted by Professor Nicole Gurran, the Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Sydney. Byron Shire is one of the case studies being used in the project.
Meanwhile, the Department of Planning and the Environment has received many submissions on their short-term holiday letting options paper, but have yet not released the results. Submissions closed on October 31.