Yes, this news item has gone viral on our Facebook page.  More than 40,000 views so far. The BBC is reporting on the alleged sexual assault of the ‘Host’s’ young daughter and subsequent arrest.  In the same news article is a video report – another BBC investigation - t...

A splendid wedding in Sydney last Saturday saw two guests wait until the last of those gathered were leaving before smiling and finally acknowledging the other.  Each had been well aware of the other’s presence throughout, though this special evening was simply not the...

Back in June we wrote to the Mayor of Randwick Council, bringing to his attention a particular residential building in Arden Street Coogee, which enjoys good access to the public transport that commuters/shift workers, students etc rely on.  One tenant remained; all ot...

It’s proving difficult to keep up with the stream of stories Fairfax Media is pumping out on short-term rentals via Gumtree, Expedia/Stayz and Airbnb.  What is noticeable though, by its omission, is mention of a fire at an Airbnb holiday rental from which 10 travellers...

A quote yesterday of the loss of 6,000 properties worsening Sydney’s housing crisis grossly understates the extent of this issue, with the NSW Parliament quoting 216,000 homes lost across the State (2014 figure) to holiday rentals. The article’s author – strata lawyer...

18 Sep 2017

A week ago fire ripped through and gutted a Christchurch Airbnb - not one mention in our Media.  Reports though of I fell in love through Airbnb and then Short-Term Landlord sex offender.

Airbnb still argues that their landlords ‘can’t be robbed of their right to respec...

This week on The Block, contestants were told:  “You are going to transform that house into a 5-Star ‘Stayz-worthy’ place, a holiday house that any traveller would be happy to stay in.”  Some paint, new furniture, some bed linen - and they’re done.  Not a single upgrad...

The PR Brigade – and we are NOT referring to Public Responsibility - over at Airbnb have pressed the ‘PANIC’ button and are offering “free smoke-alarms to the first 36,000 hosts” – ‘hosts’ - who apply on a first-come-first-served basis.  This follows a fire in a Christ...

The City of Sydney continues to sign off on Determination of Development Applications that absolutely prohibit short-term rentals in Residential Class 2 developments, though Council released last week an April 2017 ‘survey’ reporting to be in search of ‘a balance’ on s...

In the Game of Mates for the control of our homes, Expedia/Stayz have deployed another former Liberal, Minister for Tourism and International Education Richard Colbeck.  Clutching firmly a ReachTEL survey commissioned and paid for of course by Stayz, Colbeck is claimin...

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