(Closed) Has anyone here tried Airbnb? Is it legal/safe?

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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
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Sugar bee
  • 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
Hostess
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Sugar Beekeeper

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ah looks like this is an illegal thing even where I live, even though AirBnB has a very, very strong presence in San Fran:

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/airbnb-illegal-san-francisco-2012-6

 

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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.

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