Australian residents’ groups have rejected Airbnb’s promise to overhaul verification procedures and prevent unauthorised parties at properties booked through the site, saying community trust issues caused by the rise of short-term rentals can only be fixed by independent regulation. “We would like to see a strong, effective public record of everyone participating [in the space]. To let your property, you’d need to be registered,” chair of the Owners Corporation Network Phil Gall said. “‘Party houses’ are the tip of the iceberg – there are bigger regulatory issues at play here.” The network represents owners and residents in strata schemes in New South Wales.

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Emma Koehn