Can Singapore make room and rules for Airbnb and other home-sharing offerings?

From stylish apartments to cheerful single rooms, tourists in search of alternative lodgings in Singapore are spoilt for choice.airbnb sing

The website of Airbnb, a leading player in the home-sharing market here, has options such as a Kallang shophouse for $249 a night, a Tiong Bahru flat for $114 or a room in East Coast with queen-sized bed and balcony for a mere $48.

According to Airbnb, there are about 6,000 properties listed on its website here.

Other home-sharing websites have set up here as well, such as PandaBed and Roomorama.Yet, it is currently illegal for private and public home-owners to lease their properties for less than six months.

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NO TO AIRBNB

If my neighbours register their units under AirBnb, anyone can just go in and out. This is not safe and secure for my two young children.

DENTAL ASSISTANT RODELITA C. LENG, a resident of Vacanza@East who uses Airbnb when she travels with her family but would not like the same to happen here.


YES TO AIRBNB

I will support URA legalising it as I feel that owners have the right to make their own choices about their property.

HOUSEWIFE MEGGIE LIU, resident of Casa Merah condominiun in Tanah Merah.

While a few home-sharing site listings are for long-term options, most are for short stays, which means they are breaking the law.

The authorities are still trying to decide if rules should be relaxed for private properties.

From January to April last year, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) held a public consultation to assess if this short-term rental policy for private properties needed to be reviewed.