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THE CLIENTS IN THE PLACE NEXT DOOR ARE DOING WHAT?!

A self-administered Short-Term Rental ‘Code of Conduct’ has been in force in NSW since 2012. And now a new ‘Code’ is being cobbled together by those with a direct pecuniary interest in extracting as much money as possible from housing. As reported earlier, Resident Groups are excluded from NSW Fair Trading’s working group. Industry bods claim that Residents have no credibility so their concerns and rights should be completely dismissed. And most disturbing of all is that this ‘Code’ seeks to green light a well documented “prohibited use” of residential housing under the Planning Act. The Building Codes of Australia clearly differentiates between single-family residential dwellings and pr

ON THE ISSUE OF TAXATION…AIRBNB & ITS COMMERCIAL OPERATORS

The use of residential housing as short-term tourist/visitor rentals is a prohibited use. In NSW, this is a well-documented legal position. With Agents aplenty offering hundreds of homes each, Airbnb doesn’t even bother these days with its ‘home sharing’ mantra. Instead, Airbnb gladly hops on the publicity bandwagon with corporate agents such as MadeComfy (297 listings), Luxico (129 listings), L’Abode (196 listings)… And regrettably, the list goes on and on. Airbnb and Stayz landlords no longer talk of ‘home sharing’. Instead they write of their ‘professional activity’ and ‘businesses’, while listing and synchronising their illegal hotel/serviced apartment operations across multiple onlin

THE DOLLARS ROLL IN FOR THE AIRBNB/SHORT-TERM RENTAL CREW

If you have purchased a home in NSW and your neighbours are the “selfish pond scum” that occupy the corridors of Parliament – so-named by a respected writer on all things Strata - know that no other State MP, Government Department or Tribunal will back you if you are threatened and harassed by the Hon Members from Macquarie Street. Voting in favour of a relaxation of legislation covering Airbnb-type rentals as they exited and no longer needing to attend Parliament, the retirement of numerous regional State MPs has seen their Sydney properties listed for sale. Purchased in 2009 for $370,000 by the wife of the retiring Member for Albury, their apartment is now listed for sale at $739,000. A

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