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Brisbane Landlords Now Require Permits for Short-Term Rentals, Airbnbs

By Tayla Truman, Senior Property Manager - West End.

Published on June 12, 2024. Last updated on July 2, 2024

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Brisbane Landlords Now Require Permits for Short-Term Rentals, Airbnbs

 

Brisbane’s latest local law mandates mean landlords will soon be required to obtain council-approved permits before listing their properties for short-term accommodation.

This initiative, spearheaded by Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, aims to mitigate the rental crisis by transitioning homes currently used as short-term rentals back into the long-term rental market.

Mayor Schrinner emphasised that permits will only be issued if landlords have the required planning approvals and support from their body corporate. To further regulate the market, the budget reforms include a 10% rate hike for transitory accommodation.

Additionally, the Mayor has urged the state government to empower body corporates to enact by-laws that can prohibit or restrict short-term stays in their buildings, granting residents greater control over their living environments.

 

Expert Opinions and Industry Response

Sara Dolnicar, a tourism and accommodation expert from the University of Queensland, underscored the importance of a flexible permit system. She cited Barcelona’s annual permit model, which adjusts to the city’s needs, as a potential framework for Brisbane.

This flexibility, she argued, is particularly crucial with major events like the Brisbane Olympics on the horizon.

Michael Crosby, Airbnb’s head of public policy for Australia and New Zealand, called for balanced regulations that acknowledge the benefits of home-sharing while addressing its market impacts.

He noted that many short-term rental properties are primary residences, and overly restrictive measures could limit important income streams for residents.

 

Council Findings and Future Steps

A council report disclosed that less than 1% of Brisbane properties are currently used for short-term rentals. However, more than 420 properties, primarily standalone houses in low-density residential areas, will not receive permits under the new system.

These landlords will need to return their properties to the long-term rental market or face fines.

Mayor Schrinner acknowledged that while short-term rentals have not solely caused the housing crisis, they require more effective management. The council plans to inform property owners about the new regulations and enforce compliance to ensure that homes are available for long-term renters.

 

This new policy marks a significant step towards addressing Brisbane’s rental housing shortage and ensuring that the needs of residents are prioritised. If you’re considering a professional property management service to navigate these new regulations, get in touch today.

 

Data source: ABC News

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