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IT’S A WRAP - NSW STATE ELECTIONS

Perhaps the ‘pin-up boy’ of last weekend’s State Elections is Oatley MP Mark Coure. Pre-election, Coure’s electorate was saturated with posters while the Hon Member spent much of his time occupying local street corners, his time and appearances of course paid for by NSW electors. Coure also welcomed the Premier and other Ministers into the local area during their orchestrated, almost-secret visits. Formerly a traditional Labor electorate, Oatley gifted a further swing of 4.1% to Mr Coure. Many tip a Ministry: Fair Trading, or Planning, or perhaps Tourism and Major Events? Close neighbour Airbnb’s Brent Thomas no doubt welcomes Coure’s success and the possibility of a promotion to the Mini

NSW STATE ELECTIONS: SEEMS THE GREENS ALSO MARCH TO THE BEAT OF AIRBNB’S DRUM

Yesterday’s correspondence from Airbnb to its NSW landlords produced much of interest in the way of online ‘chatter’. As our strata buildings, residential streets and suburbs will soon be an uncontrolled ‘free-for-all’ for all types of activity, this remark from one-neck deep in ‘the business of Airbnb’ was telling: “I hate it that I cannot see the person that is trying to book my place.” Airbnb’s Terms and Conditions are clear (meaning totally unclear) - see particularly: “2.4 User verification on the Internet is difficult and we do not assume any responsibility for the confirmation of any Member’s identity. Notwithstanding the above, for transparency and fraud prevention purposes, and as

AIRBNB IRELAND CLAIMS VICTORY OVER COALITION, LABOR & RESIDENTS IN NSW ELECTIONS

Today, Airbnb landlords in NSW received an email advising: “regardless of which major party forms government in NSW after this Saturday’s election, your choice to responsibly share your home will be protected.” The (pictured) summary was provided, “Sent with ♥from Airbnb Ireland, The Watermarque Building, South Lotts Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4, VAT:9827384L” . NSW Ministers and Shadow Ministers did not respond to our questions regarding their plans to set aside the rights of residential homeowners and accredited accommodation providers. Minister Matthew Kean’s correspondence to Airbnb can be found here. Shadow Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Yasmin Catley MP’s response to Airbnb

WITH STATE ELECTIONS UPON US, HOW DO WE PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS HOMES?

On Thursday night some 2,500 concerned individuals, City of Sydney Councillors plus a few State MPs filled Town Hall for an assembly on Affordable Housing. Councillors tweeted that they are insanely concerned and on the verge of tears over homelessness and rental stress, yet not a single one will see to action and fines when it comes to the “Illegal Use of Residential Housing” by the likes of Airbnb and Expedia. Land and Environment Court Orders applied for and obtained by the City of Sydney against short-term rentals operators are not worth the paper they are written on, with Council refusing to enforce the Orders and Lord Mayor Clover Moore telling residents to seek their own Legal advic

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