One step closer to new fair home sharing rules

Sydney Airbnb Hosts show support

at NSW Parliament

 

Members of Sydney’s host community visited New South Wales (NSW) Parliament last week to show their support for fair and progressive home sharing rules in NSW.

The group of Airbnb hosts were present to welcome recommendations in the Planning and Environment Committee’s Report “Adequacy of the Regulation of Short-Term Holiday Letting in New South Wales”, and hear Committee members speak.

The Planning and Environment Committee has made a series of recommendations to support home sharing in NSW, which Airbnb warmly welcomes as an indication that NSW is serious about growing the visitor economy.

Airbnb hosts at the steps of NSW Parliament to hear the Report tabled in Parliament with Chair Mark Coure MP and Deputy Chair Geoff Provest of the Environment and Planning Committee
Airbnb hosts at the steps of NSW Parliament to hear the Report tabled in Parliament with Chair Mark Coure MP and Deputy Chair Geoff Provest of the Environment and Planning Committee

Chair of the Committee, Mr. Mark Coure, Member for Oatley, recognised that “the sharing economy is here to stay, and the planning laws must be brought into the twenty-first century to reflect the new reality.” He also acknowledged that “the current arrangements for regulating short-term letting are fragmented and confusing.”

Committee Member, Mr. Jamie Parker, Member for Balmain, said: “Short stay accommodation is not permissible in a residential area, which is ridiculous.”

Mr. Anoulack Chanthivong, Member for Campbelltown who also sat on the Committee noted that many listings are outside of traditional hotel zones, which benefits local economies: “It is good for people to go to different parts of the State as it stimulates the economy, especially in regional areas. We need to grow the market and short-term accommodation is the way to do that.

The Committee observed that issues brought to their attention were caused by a small minority of bad actors. Deputy Chair of the Committee, Mr. Geoff Provest, Member for Tweed, explained: “The most important thing about designing regulations for any industry is that they target the problems and do not waste precious resources regulating people who comply with the rules.”

The Committee has recommended that the NSW Government take a number of positive steps to embracing the home sharing economy in NSW. This is welcome news for hosts in NSW and whilst we are one step closer to fair home sharing rules in NSW, there is still work to be done.

Fast facts on Airbnb in NSW:

  • Sydney is in the Top 10 list of Airbnb cities globally
  • There are 17,000 listings in the Sydney area, and more than 33,000 listings in NSW.
  • Airbnb hosts help their guests discover less-visited locales – 98% of hosts suggest local restaurants, cafes, bars and shops in their neighbourhoods to their guests.
  • 82% of Airbnb hosts rent out the home they live in and the typical host earns $4,463 per year by renting 25 nights per year.
  • Airbnb is complementary to the existing tourism industry in Sydney – almost 80% of Airbnb listings in Sydney are outside of the main tourist areas.
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