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MEDIA RELEASE: NSW Legislators to Hand Gluttons Keys to the Pie Shop?

Airbnb’s Sam McDonagh continues to tell all who will listen that their Landlords earn on average some $3,900/year. Yet service platforms are listing multiple Airbnb properties across numerous websites, each with a different ‘host profile’, quoting profits after deductions of $5,000-$10,000/month. Ibis/Novotel, owned by AccorHotels, confirm again today that it is taking on ‘sharing economy brands’ and renting homes by the hour. Airbnb is pushing back, also selling what Industry refers to as the ‘hot pillow trade’. Travel giants, Expedia and Priceline are moving in with new inventory that allows consumers to book our homes as easily as a hotel. Senior NSW Public Servants and high-profile pro

MEDIA RELEASE: OPTIONS PAPER FOR SHORT-TERM HOLIDAY LETTING IN NSW

Ministers Anthony Roberts and Matt Kean yesterday provided a Media Release with Options Paper(1) seeking submissions on Short-Term Holiday Letting in New South Wales. Our Community Action Coalition, Neighbours Not Strangers, will be lodging a further submission, to which we hope the NSW Parliament will on this occasion allow public access and discussion. We again ask for comment from the Minister for Planning and Housing and the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation on our Report to Parliament(2), lodged on 09 May 2017. Our upcoming submission will return to the Adequacy of Regulation of Short-Term Holiday Letting in NSW, rather than the persistent ‘I want/they want’ argument most fr

GOLIATH TAKES SWING AT DAVID ON EVE OF OPTIONS PAPER

The NSW Parliament's 'Option Paper' on short-term letting will reportedly be released tomorrow with Airbnb's spokesperson Brent Thomas receiving Media attention aplenty. In a television interview, Mr Thomas claims Neighbours Not Strangers and others are using 'scare tactics' and receiving funds from the Hotel Lobby. Both Airbnb and Expedia/Stayz staff have refused to disclose what monies they have spent in NSW on Parliamentary Lobbyists such as Peter Collins’ Barton Deakin group, partnerships with Qantas, Jetstar, Westpac, Committee for Sydney and the Sydney Opera House Trust, to name but a few, a massive PR/Media campaign, and indeed the wages of a corporate army driving their push to see

CRITICISM OF AIRBNB "ABSURD" - SO SAYS AIRBNB

Brent Thomas, head of Public Policy ANZ at Airbnb has hit back at claims made by Neighbours Not Strangers, saying our statements about the impacts of short-term holiday rentals on housing affordability “simply aren’t backed up by the facts and are absurd.” Brent Thomas, please back up your claims. Friends and radio announcers in Canada continue to talk of our Australian Airbnb "contagion". Yet you deny all. Airbnb and Stayz have 7,090* homes advertised in the Illawarra as holiday rentals. (* Figures provided by Inside Airbnb and taken directly from the Stayz website.) This is as many listings as in some global cities. How many more homes are no longer available to Illawarra Residents, faul

Media Release: Protecting Communities and Housing – Canadians Show How It’s Done

Cities across Canada are working with Resident Groups, Journalists, Tourism Bodies and Accommodation Providers to formulate legislation that will return homes to residents and protect housing stock under increasing, extreme pressure, with Building/Fire/Rescue Codes being ‘top priority’. The City of Vancouver has concluded 12-months’ of research and in the last week has released a slide-show presentation and full report on short-term letting platforms.Vancouver’s work is being matched in other cities -Toronto and Montreal to name but a few - with action also on the cards in major tourist destinations such as Whistler and Victoria. With vacancy rates for tenants nearing zero, more and more bus

THE GOOD NEWS: BY-LAWS INEFFECTIVE WHEN IT COMES TO AIRBNB

In NSW the Owners Corporation Network, which likes to claim it speaks for strata residents across the State, has been lobbying Government to permit by-laws that would enable a group of owners to allow or ban short-term holiday rentals, regardless of the residential status on a strata property or across suburbs. Members of the Neighbours Not Strangers coalition – some of whom have worked on the issue of illegal holiday letting for more than a decade – should welcome the news from NSW Fair Trading that strata building by-laws on short-stay letting are ‘invalid’. A by-law should not alter the Determination of Development Consent declaring a suburb or a building presently classified as residen

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