A cross-sector summit to address “the state’s growing housing problems” has been called for by Shelter Tas chief executive Patty Chugg.
The comments comes a day after the Institute for the Study of Social Change released a report into improving housing outcomes in Tasmania.
The report includes previously unpublished data, which shows how rapidly the home share economy has grown in Tasmania, with the total number of Airbnb listings increasing from 1827 in July 2016 to 4552 in January 2018.
Ms Chugg said she was “deeply concerned at the seismic shift” that has taken place in Tasmania’s housing market in recent years, with unprecedented house and rental price increases, falling affordability and rising homelessness.
“A housing summit can bring together government, community and private sector stakeholders to capitalise on expertise, innovation and to ensure we are all working together to help house all Tasmanians,” she said.
Shelter Tas believes areas that need to be addressed include regulation of short term stay platforms like Airbnb, the planning system, joint ventures between the private and community sectors, and tenancy legislation.
Lead author of the report Richard Eccleston said he did not advocate for the banning of Airbnb but for a “clever policy framework that will allow us to capture the benefits of Airbnb without decimating inner city rental markets”.
“If just 70 per cent of the ‘entire properties’ listed in Tasmania in January 2018 were previously in the long term rental market, it would mean that approximately 2500 homes state-wide ... had been removed from the private rental housing pool.”