24 January 2020

Authorities in the West Australian tourist town of Broome are cracking down on Airbnb and other sharing economy accommodation, telling owners to stop operating or face enforcement action.

It is understood the clampdown will mainly affect people who rent out whole apartments and houses in Broome’s residential suburbs, which is not allowed under local laws. People sharing a room or part of their property with visitors will now be forced to seek approval as a bed and breakfast and comply with rules in relation to things like parking and swimming pools.

“We’re not really the same as a bed and breakfast,” the operator said. “We’re just doing home-sharing on a home-sharing platform. “Formal B&Bs have got advertising signs out the front, which is not something that we intend to do.”

ABC News
Claire Moodie

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