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July 26, 2023

REB: Short-term rentals no solution for rental crisis woes

by Alices Home

REB: Short-term rentals no solution for rental crisis woes

Alices Home
July 26, 2023

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Alice’s Home being featured once again in the article published on RealEstateBusiness.com.au

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Understanding Short-Term Rental Accommodation in Australia

The Impact on Housing Stock and Domestic Tourism

In Australia, the short-term rental accommodation (STRA) market has been a subject of both praise and scrutiny. As new research sheds light on the role of STRA in the country’s housing stock and its impact on domestic tourism, it becomes essential to examine the implications of potential restrictions. Let’s delve into the findings and understand the delicate balance between housing needs and the tourism industry.

The Numbers Speak: A Small Fraction of Housing Stock

Despite the calls for increased regulations and the return of rental properties to the long-term market, the recent research by the property research collective PAR Group has revealed that STRA options account for a mere 1.2% of Australia’s total housing stock. 

This suggests that imposing limitations on STRA might not effectively address the rental property shortages across the country.

Tourism and STRA: An Inseparable Link

The rise of short-term accommodation is closely linked to the flourishing Australian domestic tourism industry.

Short-term rentals play a crucial role in facilitating various tourism activities, such as hosting international travelers, accommodating participants in music festivals, food and wine showcases, and sporting events.

It is evident that STRA contributes significantly to creating unique experiences for travelers, making it a vital part of the tourism ecosystem.

Investor Exit: Beyond STRA's Influence

While the notion of shifting STRA properties to the long-term rental market might seem promising, the research indicates that investors are exiting the investment market for various reasons.

Factors like higher interest payments, changes to rental tenancy legislation, increases in land tax, and potential restrictions on short-term rentals are among the key drivers.

This implies that the exit of investors is not primarily motivated by a desire to venture into the short-term marketplace.

Seiko Ma's Perspective: The Value of STRA and Its Impact

Seiko Ma, the managing director of short-term property management group Alice’s Home business, advocates for the importance of preserving STRA’s unique identity.

She emphasizes that STRA properties cater to families and individuals seeking distinctive experiences that go beyond conventional hotel stays.

Changing the conditions of short-term rentals to suit long-term purposes could significantly affect revenue management needs for property owners and even lead them to withdraw their properties from the market altogether.

The Future Implications: STRA's Role in the Tourism Industry

The findings raise a pertinent question: what would be the consequences of restricting STRA options?

It is apparent that such limitations could adversely impact the domestic tourism industry.

Without STRA and Airbnb properties, hotels and serviced apartments could dominate the market for holiday-makers and people traveling for work or study purposes.

This would potentially alter the dynamics of the tourism landscape, affecting both visitors and local businesses.

Conclusion: Striking the Right Balance

As the debate over short-term rental accommodation continues, it becomes crucial to recognize the symbiotic relationship between STRA, housing stock, and the domestic tourism industry.

While STRA may not be the sole solution to rental property shortages, its contribution to the tourism sector and travelers’ experiences is undeniable.

Striking the right balance between housing needs and the preservation of STRA’s role in tourism is essential for ensuring a thriving real estate market and a vibrant tourism ecosystem in Australia.

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