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Should Victorian councils consider an Airbnb tourist charge?

Both the City of Hobart and the Shire of Byron appear to be looking at rating Airbnb properties differently – either through a differential rate or something resembling a ‘bed tax’.

Should Victorian councils be exploring these options?

Some Victorian councils already have a special rate or charge for holiday lets, so perhaps it is not too much of a stretch to imagine it being introduced here. There would, of course, be some issues under the Victorian Local Government Act –  would any differential rate be consistent with the Ministerial Guidelines and would any special rate or charge reflect a ‘special benefit’ for Airbnb property owners?

Author:
Mark Hayes | Partner
61 3 9258 3533
mark.hayes@maddocks.com.au

Both the City of Hobart and the Shire of Byron appear to be looking at rating Airbnb properties differently – either through a differential rate or something resembling a ‘bed tax’.

Should Victorian councils be exploring these options?

Some Victorian councils already have a special rate or charge for holiday lets, so perhaps it is not too much of a stretch to imagine it being introduced here. There would, of course, be some issues under the Victorian Local Government Act –  would any differential rate be consistent with the Ministerial Guidelines and would any special rate or charge reflect a ‘special benefit’ for Airbnb property owners?

Author:
Mark Hayes | Partner
61 3 9258 3533
mark.hayes@maddocks.com.au