Survey of impacts of Airbnb and similar online rental platforms

The Australian Coastal Councils Association is conducting a survey of member councils on the impact of short-term online rental services, such as Airbnb and similar platforms, on coastal communities.

Association Chair, Barry Sammels, said the survey had been developed in response to concerns over the rapid growth in properties listed on Airbnb and similar platforms. “A number of councils have expressed concern about how they should respond in planning terms to the continuing increase in listings on these platforms,” he said.

“There have also been complaints in some areas from traditional holiday rental operators, such as hotels and bed and breakfast premises, that the properties listed through the online platforms are not subject to the same level of regulation and inspections as traditional holiday accommodation venues.”

The questionnaire has been developed in association with Professor Nicole Gurran, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney. Professor Gurran is co-author of a study into the effectiveness of local planning controls in relation to properties listed on online platforms such as Airbnb.

The questionnaire is designed to survey member councils about experiences with Airbnb and similar services in their local area and to identify responses that have already been initiated. The survey results will form the basis for a presentation and workshop session on the issue at the forthcoming 2017 Australian Coastal Councils Conference to be held at Redcliffe, Queensland, in May.

Participating councils will receive a copy of the survey findings.

The survey can be completed here.