National Forum on Short-term Holiday Rental Accommodation
Australia’s coastal councils are holding a national forum to consider the planning issues associated with online short-term holiday rental platforms, such as Airbnb and Stayz.
The forum is to be held on 20 March in conjunction with the 2018 Australian Coastal Councils Conference at Geelong, Victoria.
Barry Sammels, Chair of the Australian Coastal Councils Association, said the rapid rise in short-term holiday rental listings on popular websites has highlighted the inadequacy of current planning policies and the regulatory uncertainty about how to address the issue.
“In recent times the issue has become a real dilemma for coastal councils,” he said. “There are obvious advantages, such as the boost the websites can give to local tourism and the additional income they can generate for property owners.
“At the same time, however, some councils report a growing number of complaints from neighbours about noisy ‘party houses’ and from hotels and bed and breakfast operators who claim the short-term properties listed online are not adequately regulated.
The Australian Coastal Councils Association has commissioned a major research study into the issue, which is being conducted by Professor Nicole Gurran, the Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Sydney. The forum will be structured around the initial findings of the study.
The forum will also include presentations on planning responses already adopted by coastal councils, plus there will be an opportunity for input from state governments and short-term holiday rental service operators.