The Government’s so-called “crackdown” on short-stay accommodation is just theatrical nonsense. It will do virtually nothing to ease the pressure on housing affordability and accessibility because the registration process has proven to be little more than a revenue raiser and more bureaucracy.
The fact is Airbnb must be returned to its original model of just making spare rooms available, grandfathered on existing properties and applied to future Airbnb businesses. If anyone wants to rent out an entire house then it should be regarded as a commercial property and regulated accordingly.
Yes there should continue to be a registration requirement, but it needs to be affordable and effective and include effective checks on the safety and suitability of properties. And there must be a genuine preparedness to deny registration for unsuitable properties or when it would add to increased pressure on housing affordability and accessibility.
Andrew Wilkie MP Independent for Denison