Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

ONCE again we see slow ac­tion from the State Gov­ern­ment, this time in re­gards leg­is­la­tion re­gard­ing short-stay ac­com­mo­da­tion (“Short-stay fines threat”, Sun­day Tas­ma­nian, De­cem­ber 2).

The Short Stay Ac­com­mo­da­tion Bill is long over­due, but wel­comed, even though it won’t be de­bated un­til March 2019. How­ever, why should “se­condary” prop­er­ties be in­cluded? Airbnb and Home­away should only be ap­pli­ca­ble to the “pri­mary” res­i­dence.

The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion is a farce, where stand-alone prop­er­ties are used for greed by the in­vestor, to the detri­ment of first-home buy­ers and by the gov­ern­ment not en­forc­ing com­pli­ance. Where’s the eq­uity here, as it’s far from a level play­ing field? Ray­mond Har­vey Clare­mont

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