The popularity of short-term letting (STL) platforms like Airbnb has created housing and planning challenges for cities worldwide, including the potential impact of STL on the quality of life of nearby residents and communities. Underpinning this concern is an inherent tension in urban living between the rights and interests of individual residents, and the collective rights and interests of neighbours. Through interviews with Australian Airbnb hosts, this paper examines how STL hosts navigate this tension, including how they frame their property rights, how they seek to minimise their impact on neighbours, and how they perceive the role of regulation in balancing individual and community rights. In doing so the paper contributes to both theory and policy debates about urban property rights and how ‘compact city’ planning orthodoxies are reshaping the lived experience of urban residents worldwide.

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Author: Laura Crommelin, Sharon Parkinson, Chris Martin, Laurence Troy
Document Type: article
ISSN: 2336-2839
Volume: 8
Issue: 1
Pages: 119-128
DOI code: 10.13060/23362839.2021.8.1.528
Date of publication: 22.6.2021


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