report exposes underlying vulnerabilities in housing system
confirms short-stay accommodation effect on housing supply
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.
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
report confirms what Labor has long been saying,” Ms Standen said.
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.
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.”
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.
are up 37 per cent statewide and climbing, and families earning average incomes
are paying almost a third of that income on rent.
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.
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