Push to crack down on Airbnb
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.