NSW government steps back from parliamentary report into Airbnb-type rentals

An inquiry into holiday letting legislation was launched almost two years ago after Airbnb hosts were threatened with huge local council fines for running unauthorised businesses in their homes. Photo: Peter Braig

An inquiry into holiday letting legislation was launched almost two years ago after Airbnb hosts were threatened with huge local council fines for running unauthorised businesses in their homes. Photo: Peter Braig

Airbnb watchers were left hanging on Wednesday when long-anticipated proposals for new legislation on short-term holiday lets were put on hold by the NSW government.

Instead of making their position on short-term letting clear, the government stepped back from a parliamentary report and its recommendations that would have allowed a massive increase in short-term holiday letting in apartment blocks.