Airbnb and short-term letting in strata
Many strata and body corporate communities are divided on how to deal with the trend of short-term holiday letting such as Airbnb and Homestay. One argument is that it’s great for tourism and owners can earn extra income on their property during the times they are travelling. However, many owners corporations are concerned about the security risks of having unfamiliar and transient guests who are given access to common property and shared amenities without the accountability that goes with maintaining them.
While the state laws are still being formed on the matter, as an owner, if you choose to let out your apartment to short stay guests, ensure they are aware of the by-laws or building rules. Give them a list of dos’ and don’ts, along with emergency contact numbers when they move in. Most importantly, you should be available and in contact to handle any issues that may arise with respect to your guests.
Your by-laws and building rules cover most of these aspects of strata living – so they’re your guide to peaceful community living. If you’re facing specific problems or have any questions, get in touch with your strata committee and take their advice on strata matters.