Victorian Airbnb unit owners can now be fined and banned, houses unaffected

Unruly Airbnb guests will soon cause more headaches for their hosts, as neighbours gain new legal powers to seek compensation of up to $2000 and bans for problem rentals. But a blindspot in the apartment-focused legislation means free-standing houses are completely unaffected, one of the law’s key architects has warned. From Friday, members of an…

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‘We’re seeing a whole shift’: Why sustainability is the new must-have for prestige buyers

Sustainability has moved from niche appeal into the mainstream prestige market, according to a growing number of architects and agents. It may come in the form of a request for something as minor as high-quality insulation and ways of catching rainwater run-off. It’s now commonplace, however, for high-end homes to also include solar-heated water systems…

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