Post # 1
SO and I are going away for the weekend and he really wants us to rent out our apartment on Airbnb, partially so that we have someone to house-sit, plus making a bit of money isn’t a bad idea. We obviously aren’t trying to run an illegal hotel or anything, but I saw online that renting out your place on Airbnb, in our city, could result in 6 months jail time if anyone finds out.
Naturally, I was really upset, but SO reassured me that nobody has ever gotten jail time at all for renting out on Airbnb (I wasn’t able to find anyone with that situation either), and they’ve had many transactions withuot anyone getting into trouble- even transactions that were technically “illegal”. He said that we definitely wouldn’t go to jail just for renting our apartment out for a weekend, and the worst-case scenario is getting evicted.
I’m pretty upset because I take this very seriously, but all of his friends have done Airbnb when they went away, and none of them got in trouble. Only one person in the history of Airbnb has gotten into serious trouble, and it was not in our city. In fact, our city’s mayor is petitioning for Aibnb to be legal.
What would you do? i feel like even if I oppose Airbnb, my SO will not take me seriously because he thinks I’m just “freaking out”.
Post # 3
Huh? Why would it not be legal? If you own your home (some landlords have it in the lease that you can’t sublease) you should be free to do what you want. Where do you live?
Yes, we’ve used AirBnB regularly for our vacations. We actually use it way more than hotels and always check there first when traveling.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t worry about it being legal in your city, but it may break an agreement you have with your landlord. If you think it’d be a problem if your landlord found out, then that’d be my biggest concern.
Post # 5
I don’t like strangers in my house without me. But, otherwise I don’t believe it’s illegal. I believe NYC has been trying to crack down on it recently, since it undercuts tourist tax and hotel income. I’ve never heard of jail time over it, though.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
I used airbnb when I traveled to Paris for a week last year (we were the one renting the room), and it was wonderful! I think if you are able to communicate with the person who will be staying at your place beforehand and build some trust you will feel good about it!
Post # 7
Every time I try to use Airbnb the host either ignores my request or gets a bit too personal so I just opt for a hotel room instead. The idea is a great one so perhaps one day I might have success.
I don’t know why it would be illegal but as a PP mentioned subletting may be breaking your lease agreement so you might want to discuss with your landlord or management company before going ahead.
Post # 8
I absolutely LOVE airbnb.
I use them on all of my vacations so don’t see what the problem is if you decide to sublet your property, providing that you own it. It could be different if you’re renting. You’ll likely have to check with your landlord.
Also, to clarify, you won’t have someone to house sit while you’re gone. Someone will be living, sleeping, and likely cooking in your place. You’ll have to provide towels, etc. Whoever decides to rent your place will look at it like a hotel alternative.
Post # 9
my brother just used airbnb for a week in san francisco and loved it! i have tons of friends who use it and all have positive things to say.
Post # 10
Ah looks like this is an illegal thing even where I live, even though AirBnB has a very, very strong presence in San Fran:
I guess I can kind of see it, since the rental market here is tantamount to a rental war, and it would take long-term rentals off the market. I can see the argument for having to have a special permit for it if it’s the primary use of your residence, but not needing one if you only do it a few days a year or something.
Post # 11
We used Airbnb twice in Houston, TX. The first place we stayed at was amazing and the second was disgusting as nobody had cleaned between the last guest and us so we had to get our money back.
I’m not sure where you are or why it would be illegal unless, as everyone else has already stated, you have a no sublet clause in your lease.
Post # 12
@crayfish: We live there too. However our lease actually says we CAN rent out our room as long as it’s for less than 15 days! So confused.