Auckland Airbnb tax surprise

From The Panel, 4:09 pm on 3 August 2018

Auckland homeowners who rent out properties through websites like Airbnb have had to sit down to open their Council rates bills this week. Many are facing massive rates hikes, up to 225 per cent. The bed tax will apply to nearly half of the 8000 Auckland properties listed on Airbnb. The bed tax only applies to houses and self-contained units - not single rooms in house or properties which are rented out fewer than 28 days a year. Is it fair enough then?