In Response To ‘Air Bnb The Whole House’
October 15 2018
Why does everyone give Air BnB such a hard time accusing people of being tax dodgers. Do you say to landlords who rent their house out to permanent tenants they are probably dodging tax? Of course not, everyone has to pay tax and if people don’t they risk being caught and prosecuted. Hotel managers can dodge tax too.
Air BnB is here to stay and despite what the QLDC think they can do by regulating it to a maximum 28 or 135 days per year (depending if they registered as a rental house early or not) it is totally unenforceable. My two neighbours houses are rented on Air BnB and they are constantly having new tenants but no one knows if its the owners, the owners friends or actual Air BnB renters.
Certainly Air BnB are not likely to tell the QLDC and ultimately how does anyone every enforce compliance by proving a tenant last month was from Air Bnb, Book a Bach or dozens of other similar sites? Don’t forget that this anti Air BnB sentiment is being led by hotel managers who are trying to protect their room rates. Dont believe me? Check the names on submissions to the QLDC opposing Air BnB’s and see many are hotel managers or senior hotel staff in town.
What the QLDC needs to do is keep approving as many new hotel consents as possible (good work lately) so that there are plenty of rooms available in town. Plenty of hotel rooms will lower rack rates meaning it will be less attractive to rent properties on Air BnB type sites and they will all return to being long term rentals.