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Short Stay Accommodation Out of Control

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Wednesday, 19 April 2023

Tags: Housing Crisis, Housing, Short Stay Accommodation

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Another day, another secure tenancy coming to an abrupt end as another whole home is set to go on to the short stay market.
Font PR client, Air BNB, is absolutely out of control in greater Hobart.
There’s now a group of students who have been responsible tenants in Newdegate Street, North Hobart, who face certain eviction as their landlord seeks to put their home on to Air BnB.
The Greens understand that, due to the Rockliff Government’s refusal to rein in short stay and give Councils some authority to refuse new listings, the Hobart City Council will have no choice but to approve the loss of another whole home from the rental market.
Both Premier Jeremy Rockliff and Treasurer and Planning Minister Michael Ferguson own short stay accommodation properties, and former Liberal chief of staff, Brad Stansfield shills for AirBnB in Tasmania.  Little wonder there is zero political will to stem the tide of lost homes.
Today is Youth Homelessness Matters Day.  If Jeremy Rockliff and his government want to be taken seriously on youth homelessness and the broader housing crisis, they need to recognize the need to control the explosion in short stay listings is urgent.
The status quo is untenable for young people and every Tasmanian needing a secure, affordable home.