Airbnb support 180 day limit without formal NSW development approvals

Airbnb support 180 day limit without formal NSW development approvals
Airbnb support 180 day limit without formal NSW development approvals

The home sharing platform Airbnb has come out in support of  a limit on the number of days a investment property can be rented in NSW strata, as it seeks to avoid a tougher regulatory crackdown by the NSW government.

In a submission to the NSW government, Airbnb said if a host wants to rent out an investment property on Airbnb for more than 180 days in a year, they would have to apply for a development application through the local council.

There are more than 45,000 Airbnb listings in the state with average host earning around $5,300 a year.

Hosts will not require permissions to rent out their primary place of residence or investment property for less than 180 days a year.

The NSW government's options paper, which was released in July, considers a range of options.

Submissions closed this week with the government is expected to release a response before Christmas.

NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts envisages any new policy would need to balance protecting neighbours and allowing people to profit from providing short-term accommodation.

Airbnb's prior submission has called for a statewide planning framework which clarifies how individuals are allowed to rent out the homes.

"Airbnb supports a clear, statewide approach that supports our host community sharing their own primary place of residence without the need for approvals, registrations, or caps, and for non-­primary places of residence, an approach that is streamlined with clear information about the safety and planning standards to adhere to," it said in the submission.

London introduced a 90-day limit a calendar year on Airbnb rentals. 

In June 2015, Philadelphia became the largest city in the U.S. to pass legislation specifically enabling people to share their homes for up to half a year.

The city of Hamburg acted to clarify that rules restricting tourist accommodation in residential areas do not apply to primary residences.

The Hamburg housing law gives residents the right to use all of their home to host guests for up to 50% of the year. Alternatively, they can use 50% of their home to host guests all year round. 

A recent City of Sydney Council survey of 1000 residents showed more than 40 per cent of Sydney inner-city residents oppose short term rentals on Airbnb or Stayz as a full-time investment and believe strata bodies should be able to ban short-term rentals.

Airbnb also recommends the NSW government set up a "three-strikes-and-you're-out" framework to manage complaints.

Airbnb said it opposes giving strata bodies the power to prohibit short-term renting. 

Airbnb has been gaining immense traction in New South Wales.

New South Wales’ host community has welcomed nearly 420,000 Airbnb guests during the past twelve months which represents a year-over-year growth rate of 167 percent.

We have a large community of people across New South Wales for whom sharing their home is now part of their lifestyle.

"There are now approximately 20,000 active listings in New South Wales and Sydney ranks as one of Airbnb’s top ten cities for most properties on the platform."

In an Economic Impact Study that Airbnb conducted in Sydney, Airbnbn found that the majority of hosts (85 percent) rent their primary residences occasionally and earn a modest but significant amount of extra income that they use to help make ends meet.

In Australia, the average host earns $7,100 per year and hosts approximately 51 nights per year.

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