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Short Term Not Hurting Market

Short Term Not Hurting Market

There is no strong correlation between the number of homes used for short-term rentals and rental affordability or vacancy rates, according to a report on the market.

An Urbis report on the short-term letting market for Airbnb says only 1% to 2% of Australia’s housing stock is used for short-term rentals.

It blames the housing shortage on other factors including lack of supply and interest rates.

The report says the short-term rental accommodation sector has no consistent impact on housing affordability.

Airbnb Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Susan Wheeldon, the impact of the short-term rental sector on housing is minimal and is far more limited than suggested by some.

The report says 67% of their Australian hosts listed their homes to help them combat financial pressures.

Urbis Regional Director NSW, Princess Ventura, says the study suggests that addressing housing affordability in Australia requires a multifaceted approach with any potential solutions needing to address the larger systemic issues driving the crisis.


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