We Live Here articles

Short-stays behind property price pain

By We Live Here The Victorian Government must address the state’s unregulated commercial short-stay industry, if it’s serious about fixing Melbourne’s housing affordability crisis. New  statistics show the city’s average unit price is now $564,540 – up 2.1 per cent in the last quarter. The median house price rose to $818,000. Melbourne is now at

A lookback at what’s been happening

By We Live Here Whilst we wait for the Victorian Government’s response to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Inquiry into short-stays, it is perhaps timely to review what has been happening around the country and overseas. In May we reported that the NSW Government had swept aside the recommendations of a parliamentary report and announced

Flammable cladding: residents ignored 

By We Live Here The Victorian Government Cladding Taskforce examining flammable cladding does not include a key stakeholder group – the strata owners that would end up having to manage any remediation works.  We Live Here, as the state’s major residents’ group representing more than 200 apartment buildings, says owners’ corporations need to have a

Short-stays: Let owners decide

By We Live Here The Victorian Parliament’s Environment and Planning Committee has recommended significant changes to a Bill before Parliament aimed at regulating short-stay accommodation. After a successful campaign by We Live Here, the Short-stay Accommodation Bill was blocked in the upper house and referred to Parliament’s Environment and Planning Committee. The committee included Labor,

Southbank residents dealt a joker 

A proposal by casino operator Crown to build Australia’s tallest building, Queensbridge Towers is set to bypass all normal planning processes and Southbank residents and owners are outraged. The government has declared this a “project of state significance”, allowing it to push through an approval (C310) without the usual scrutiny. The new complex will result

Short-term letting must be regulated

The NSW government has swept aside the recommendations of a parliamentary report and announced a new consultative process to decide how short-stays will be regulated. The discarded report had recommended a massive increase in short-term holiday rentals in apartment buildings. But the NSW Minister for Planning and Regulation and the Minister for Innovation and Better

Airbnb: facts and smokescreens

Founded in San Francisco in 2008, Airbnb has been promoted as an online booking platform that supports young creatives and people on low incomes, hoping to make extra money out of spare rooms. Initial acceptance in various cities depended on local laws and legislation, but by late 2016 Airbnb had more than three million listings

Parliamentary inquiry into short-stays

The long anticipated Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Owners Corporation Amendment (Short-Stay Accommodation) Bill 2016 will start in March.  The inquiry is being conducted by the Environment and Planning Committee and its purpose is to: Undertake consultation with short-stay accommodation providers, individuals and owners’ corporations about the contents of the Bill; Examine the impact of

A big year for We Live Here

We Live Here recently celebrated its first birthday and what a year it has been! As readers of this column will know, the We Live Here movement arose from the long-running but ultimately unsuccessful case against short-stays involving Watergate Apartments in Docklands. Since its genesis at a very well attended launch in December 2015, We

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