Shelter NSW welcomes reform to boarding house planning laws

Are we pleased to see incentives for private developers to build unaffordable boarding houses removed? You betcha.

Shelter NSW has offered general support for a range of proposed government reforms to create a ‘diversity’ of housing types and in particular, a new requirement that boarding houses be affordable and managed by community housing providers.

During a recent interview with SMH journalist Michael Koziol, Shelter NSW CEO, John Engeler, and former Senior Policy Officer, Ryan Harris, noted that it would be a good outcome if developers were no longer offered incentives to build ‘micro apartments’ that were often leased for $400 a week in so-called ‘new generation boarding houses’.

“[Developers] may be upset because they’ve killed off a high yielding development category,” Ryan noted . “To say they will no longer develop affordable housing is false; they will now be managed by community housing providers and the more we support them the more they will develop it.

Image via SMH – A 105-room boarding house has been proposed at Smith Street in Summer Hill, angering some residents

We’ll have a lot more to say about this proposed Housing State Environmental Planning Policy as it will bring a lot of changes  – beyond those relating to boarding houses (such as creating three development types: Build-to-RentStudentHousing, and Co-Living). 

To read more about how the property development sector has reacted to the proposed changes, here is the SMH article.