The Liberal Government has consistently underinvested in public housing and failed to appropriately regulate short stay accommodation. This has resulted in a housing crisis in Tasmania, with soaring housing prices and a reduction of residential premises on the rental market.
Tasmania needs more investment in public housing and proper regulation of short stay accommodation. 'Getting the balance right' means ensuring that housing is available and affordable is a higher priority than increasing financial returns to property owners. This is currently not the case.
What Can I Do?
In 2019 the Legislative Council Select Committee on Short Stay Accommodation in Tasmania handed down their report. The report included the recommendation that Local Councils be given discretionary powers in relation to the approval of short stay accommodation permits outside of principal residences. You can write to the Premier and demand that the Government enact this recommendation.
There is also a House of Assembly Select Committee on Housing Affordability. You can write to the committee members and ask them to ensure restrictions on short stay accommodation are part of their recommendations.