Push to crack down on Airbnb

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - IAN ROYALL

MELBOURNE lord may­oral can­di­date Gary Mor­gan is call­ing for more reg­u­la­tion of Airbnb prop­er­ties as new fig­ures show 11.6 per cent of vis­i­tors to Vic­to­ria’s cap­i­tal use the ac­com­mo­da­tion share ser­vice.

Mr Mor­gan says Airbnb prop­er­ties bring down apart­ment val­ues and harm the amenity for other res­i­dents.

Last week, po­lice were called to an out-of-con­trol party in North Melbourne at a prop­erty rented out short term.

In the 12 months to March, 104,000 vis­i­tors to Melbourne stayed in rented houses or apart­ments, up from 66,000 a decade be­fore.

“It is vi­tal that the lord mayor of Melbourne pushes for leg­isla­tive ac­tion from the state govern­ment to en­sure that peo­ple rent­ing such apart­ments stay for a min­i­mum of one month which forces the trav­eller to in­vest in the main­te­nance of the apart­ment and sur­round­ing ameni­ties,’’ he said.

Ri­val can­di­date Ken Ong is push­ing for Melbourne to host the 17th World Chi­nese En­tre­pre­neur Con­ven­tion in Septem­ber 2023. Mr Ong said the bid was sup­ported by the State Govern­ment.

Mr Mor­gan and Mr Ong are among 14 can­di­dates con­test­ing the may­oral by-elec­tion.

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