New report highlights Government’s irresponsible approach to short-stay accommodation

Tasmanian Labor
  • Government slow to act on short-stay accommodation
    regulation
  • Report highlights urgent policy reform
  • Government must act immediately on report findings
  • A new report highlights the Government’s failure to address Tasmania’s housing crisis through its irresponsible hands-off approach to the introduction of short-stay accommodation in Tasmania.

    Shadow
    Minister for Housing, Alison Standen, said the report by the University of
    Tasmania’s Institute for the Study of Social Change supported Labor’s views
    that the Government had been slow to act.

    “The
    report details the acute shortage in affordable housing with around six per
    cent of rental stock being converted to short-stay accommodation since 2016,”
    Ms Standen said.

    “This
    highlights the Government’s hands off approach to regulating short-stay
    accommodation. It should have acted sooner by introducing a pause on the
    issuing of new permits to ease the pressure in the greater Hobart market in
    particular.

    “The
    report highlights the challenges in meeting affordable housing supply targets
    given the Government has failed to meet its own targets, or invest in measures
    to boost the building and construction industry to meet demand.

    “The
    report warns it will take years for industry supply to meet demand and recommends
    the need for urgent, strong targeted policy responses to regulate and cap
    short-term accommodation in the near future.

    “I
    urge the Government to listen to expert advice and implement these reforms as
    soon as possible to help address Tasmania’s housing crisis.

    “The report is the latest in a series of expert views supporting the establishment of a Parliamentary Committee of inquiry into the housing and homelessness crisis.”

    Alison Standen MP

    Shadow Minister for Housing

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