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The other side of Airbnb

Lessee- or tenant-landlords hoping to advertise their property for short-term

stays must be aware of the risks they face, cautions Riccardo Calzavara

22 December 2016

AirBnB describes itself as a trusted community marketplace that allows ‘landlords’ to offer accommodation for short-term stays. It can apparently connect users to 2 million properties in 34,000 cities across 191 countries, and is well placed to improve mobility among those seeking accommodation, while allowing those with extra space to monetise it. It is surely a good thing. However, those seeking to offer their property on AirBnB (and other short-term stay services) should be aware of the risks.

What those risks are depends firstly on the landlord’s tenure. More often than not, the landlord will be a long lessee or a tenant in their own right. Before advertising a property on AirBnB, they should check their lease or tenancy agreement for any limitation. Most leases contain user covenants prohibiting one or all of the following:

  • The subletting of part or all of ...

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