Report backs Labor’s call for short-stay regulation

Tasmanian Labor
  • Independent
    report exposes underlying vulnerabilities in housing system
  • Research
    confirms short-stay accommodation effect on housing supply
  • Report recommends
    stronger measures to preserve rental housing supply
  • An independent report on marginal housing during
    COVID-19 has confirmed the need for regulation of Tasmania’s short-stay accommodation
    to help preserve the state’s rental housing supply.

    Shadow
    Housing Minister Alison Standen said the report by research group AHURIprovides a clear picture of the effect short-stay accommodation has had on Tasmania’s
    rental market.

    “The
    report confirms what Labor has long been saying,” Ms Standen said.

    “It
    found evidence of a link between falling demand for short-stay accommodation
    during the pandemic and an increase in long-term private rental accommodation
    in both Hobart and Sydney, warning that the resumption of tourist demand will likely
    increase the pressure on permanent rental housing.

    “The
    report makes it clear that local regulation is needed for the short-term rental
    market to preserve permanent rental housing supply, and recommends preventing
    short-term renting of permanent residences in high-demand areas or a cap on the
    number of permits.”

    Ms
    Standen said the findings come on top of the latest Rental Affordability Index showing
    Tasmania’s housing crisis is getting worse instead of better, with Hobart still
    the least affordable city in the country in which to rent.

    “Rents
    are up 37 per cent statewide and climbing, and families earning average incomes
    are paying almost a third of that income on rent.

    “Peter
    Gutwein and Minister Roger Jaensch need to act immediately to regulate the
    short-stay market to pause new permits on entire dwellings in areas of high
    rental stress, improving private rental availability and affordability.

    “The third
    quarterly Short Stay Accommodation report, which is four months overdue, must
    also be released.

    “Tasmanian families need relief to keep a roof over their heads. We need to prioritise housing security and look after all Tasmanians.”

    Alison Standen MP

    Shadow Housing Minister

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