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Published on : Saturday, July 22, 2017
The government in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has proposed a regulation for the Airbnb hosts. Residents who willingly let out their spare rooms to noisy guests could be forced to pay a fee as compensation for the inconvenience caused to neighbours.
In a public paper, the NSW government outlined that short-term letters now should have a licence and are required to pay tax to cover the costs for providing extra security within their home. The fee will go towards maintaining their facilities for future guests. There will also be a limit on the number of days a room can be let out, under the new law.
One of the proposed rule changes, reported by News Corp Australia, would permit the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal to issue a temporary ban on owners letting out their accommodation. It is, however not yet certain whether the government will impose a time limit on letters. For instance, the Airbnb hosts of New York cannot advertise an empty apartment for more than 30 days legally.
The average Airbnb owner in NSW earns approximately $4,400 (£2,900) over a year letting out their home. Airbnb agreed to the new regulations by NSW.
Brent Thomas, the company’s public policy manager for Australia and New Zealand stated that they would look forward to sitting down with the Government and work through anything that’s sensible and anything that’s fair, but it’s got to protect people’s right to respectfully share their homes. There are more than 40,000 Airbnbs in NSW alone, which includes 17,000 in greater Sydney.