Penang govt urges tourists to choose licensed facilities over banned short-term rentals

The Penang government is strongly encouraging tourists to stay at licensed premises over banned short-term rental (STR) accommodations, according to Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. He said Penang has enough facilities, from star-rated hotels to heritage hotels, homestays and service apartments, to accommodate different types of tourists. “We encourage tourists to ... Read More
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MBPP’s guideline on short-term rental take immediate effect

Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has recently established a guideline that prohibits all forms of short-term rental (STR) accommodation in residential units on the island. The ban, effective immediately, aims to regulate the STR industry and maintain the integrity of residential neighborhoods. Under the new regulation, private residential properties are ... Read More

Airbnb: Ban on short-term rentals would damage Penang’s economic recovery and growth

Penang’s tourism recovery and growth, as well as the livelihoods of everyday Malaysian Hosts, would be gravely affected if the state’s proposed restrictions on high-rise residential short-term rental accommodation (STRA) is implemented, Airbnb warned today. Following more than two years of economic disruption in Penang brought on by the pandemic, ... Read More
Penang to ban homestay

Penang to ban short-term rentals

The Penang state government will implement the guidelines for prohibiting short-term rentals (homestays). State Housing, Local Government, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said he will present the proposal to the state executive council and the state government will announce the details later. "We do not want a ... Read More