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Now is the Time to Regulate Airbnb

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Tags: Housing, COVID-19, Homelessness, Short Stay Accommodation

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Housing spokesperson

CoreLogic’s latest data about the availability of rental properties in Tasmania shows the clear impact Airbnb has had on housing availability. It reinforces the need to introduce meaningful short stay accommodation reform. 

There has never been a better time to regulate short stay accommodation than now.

Tasmania has the chance to address a key factor in the housing and homelessness crisis. Failing to regulate would be a huge missed opportunity, with negative impacts on Tasmanians needing a home.

The Liberals underfunded and botched housing the first time around. Now they’ve got a chance for a fresh start - to ensure the rental market becomes more affordable in the long term, so more people have a place to call home.

In the recovery from COVID-19, no Tasmanian should be left behind. This is a chance for a fresh start for housing, and an opportunity to shape our state for the better and fairer.