Need for middle ground on BnB listings
I have been listening with interest to the chat around tighter regulation for WA holiday homes.
After contacting the Australian Hotels Association, it seems we share common ground in that they are mainly targeting unregistered holiday homes listing on platforms.
However, their five-point plan that states “whole homes” listings should be prohibited for stays under 14 days is concerning.
Their argument is owners are using their properties as quasihotels, taking business from other short term accommodation providers, such as hotels.
I argue that a family/big group booking a holiday home is not taking business from hotel rooms. These groups booking homes are looking for a different experience.
People renting out rooms on the booking platforms are more competition to hotels and B&Bs than house listings.
AirBnB are being challenged as they are allowing unregistered and registered homes to list on their site. I think the truth lies in the middle. Yes, everyone should have to register with their local councils and play by the rules — hence our position of only allowing registered homes to list.
But over-regulating holiday homes is not the answer.
The AHA argues many homes are owned by wealthy folk listing multiple properties, but many property managers list on behalf of owners. I’d like your feedback for the Government inquiry on behalf of registered holiday homes. Email me at ad[email protected]homestay.com.au.