Do the accommodation sharing reforms make it harder on homeowners to enter the market?
The reforms actually ease current restrictions on accommodation sharing, making it easier to list and rent your own home on sites like Airbnb.
Under old regulations, use of any building to accommodate paying visitors—even sharing spare rooms in your own home—required a planning permit. The reformed regulations eliminate the need for a planning permit when accommodation sharing in your own home (up to 4 bedrooms). Now there are no forms to fill out and no fees to pay irrespective of where you live.
For homeowners seeking to share their own homes with more than 4 bedrooms (or investment properties smaller than 300m2), a new simple, standardised permit process will replace varying and often complex regional requirements.
Read our Information Sheet - Visitor Accommodation Use – 1 July 2017 (pdf, 175.6 KB) for more information.