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Affordable and secure housing

Successive governments at all levels - federal, state and council - have passed laws and made policy around housing that’s allowed property developers and corporations to make a profit out of something which is a fundamental human right. We’re in a housing crisis and Brisbane City Council’s LNP administration have only served to make it worse. 

As a renter, I have seen how housing affordability and cost of living has seen more and more people displaced from their homes and struggling to pay bills in our community.  I believe we have an obligation to look after everyone in our community and know there are many creative solutions we can find at a council level!

People in the community need more say on neighbourhood plans, and we need developers to pay their fair share for public infrastructure. The Greens will end Council’s special deals for developers and put the needs of the community first.

To tackle the housing crisis and ensure everyone has a secure place to live, developers should have to include truly affordable and social housing in all new developments – not just letting them build whatever is most profitable.

Crack down on AirBnB

After strong pressure from the Greens, in 2022, Brisbane City Council introduced a separate rates categories for ‘Transitory Accommodation’ houses and units. The rates for transitory accommodation investment properties are currently only 50% higher than for equivalent investment properties rented out to long-term tenants.

This 'Transitory Accommodation' category currently applies to properties that are made available as short-term rental accommodation for more than 60 days of the year, but the Greens propose:

  • Amending the Transitory Accommodation rates categories to apply to properties rented for more than 45 days per year rather than 60 days per year.
  • Increase the higher rates from 150% of the standard rates to 1000%.

In the short-term, we aim to have hundreds of dwellings transition from Airbnb back to long-term rentals, and would also send a message to investors that the city wants more residential housing. This means fewer renters would be evicted due to investors turning their homes into unregulated hotel rooms.

Introduce a vacancy levy

Across our city, there are tens of thousands of homes sitting empty long-term, and hundreds of thousands of square metres of vacant land. That’s why we want to introduce a vacancy levy on investment properties - including homes, apartments, commercial buildings and blocks of land - that are left empty for more than 6 months without a good reason.

A vacancy levy would discourage properties being left empty long-term, which would:

  • Release thousands of existing homes onto the rental and sales markets
  • Catalyse the construction of more new housing on vacant land
  • Put downward pressure on residential and commercial rents
  • Put downward pressure on land values and the cost of buying housing

The way I see it, is if a property is not contributing to the community through being rented, or utilised in some way, the property owner can contribute to the community financially, which can be reinvested into local infrastructure that benefits everyone!

For more information, please see the Queensland Greens Housing policy, as well as our Council Policy Platform, here.

Check out Stephen Bates, federal MP for Brisbane, and Jonathan Sriranganathan’s, Greens candidate for Brisbane Mayor, proposal to build more housing in the eastern suburbs of Brisbane.