The law in general has not kept up with the rise of the sharing economy in Australia, but this article states that in responding to the growth in short-stay accommodation and homeshare such as Airbnb, politicians must be careful not to burden operators in red tape that could kill the industry. Laws already exist to deal with common grievances around noisy neighbours and unruly group behaviour.


It suggests that requirements imposed on commercial operators such as hotels and serviced apartments around minimum bedroom floor space, registration of guests and health and safety standards should be reformed to impose the lowest possible burden, and applied universally to create a level playing field between commercial operators and short-stay providers.

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