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Getting on board with Airbnb

Anyone thinking of advertising their property on the holiday rental site must be made aware of the legal issues and obligations surrounding it, advises Tessa Shepperson

1 November 2016

Unless you are one of the top 1 per cent of earners or have massive inherited wealth, you probably feel the pinch from time to time, so the prospect of a few extra hundred pounds from renting out your home for a couple of weeks is probably an enticing one. Hence the popularity of Airbnb.

However, what are the legal issues which arise for clients wishing to act as Airbnb ‘hosts’? As I see it there are three areas to consider:

  • Whether they have the legal right to rent out the property in the first place;

  • The type of occupation granted; and

  • Their legal rights and obligations.

Can they rent?

  • Planning: This is particularly relevant for Lo...

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