Dob in your Airbnb neighbors says Lord Mayor

Schrinner said Brisbane is facing a severe housing shortage because not enough homes are being built to meet demand.

“I’d be happy if this new rating category didn’t bring in a single dollar,” he said.

“We want this new rating category to convince owners to return properties to the long-term rental market so they can become permanent homes.”

The rise in popularity of short-term accommodation websites has also led to additional complaints, Schrinner said.

Last month it was revealed that complaints to the council about Airbnb-style rentals exceeded the recently required building permits by more than eight times, data from the country’s largest local government showed.

“Some residents are suddenly living next to pseudo-hotels, which has caused problems,” Schrinner said.

He said additional complaints increased compliance costs that should not be borne by other taxpayers.


“Owners using real estate as short-term housing reap commercial returns, so it’s only fair that they pay a commercial rate,” he said.

The council would also begin using technology to identify properties that fall into this category, said Fiona Cunningham, chair of the Brisbane Civic Cabinet for Finance.

“We would prefer people to nominate themselves, which is already the case when properties move from owner-occupied to rental properties,” she said.

“As we said in June, it will take time to identify all eligible properties that fall into this category.

“The point here is to push properties back into the private rental market while ensuring those who continue to use short-term are paying their fair share.”

Residents can register their property on the council’s website or provide information about other properties they think fit the new rating category. Dob in your Airbnb neighbors says Lord Mayor

Joel McCord

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