Tenants and Airbnb Policies: What to Know

By Alicia Geigel on September 26, 2021

As technology and the use of the internet continues to advance and become more creative, people are constantly looking for new ways to make money. Renting out your home or apartment to strangers through sites like Airbnb has become a popular way for some people to side hustle and for others, a way to enjoy travel without worrying about the hassle of hotels.

Utilizing Airbnb when you have your own home is one thing, but when you are a landlord and your tenants want to rent out your property- that’s a completely different story.

Are you a landlord or property manager? Curious about the specifics of your tenants and Airbnb policy? Here is what you need to know and how to handle going about it!

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What is Airbnb?

Increasingly popular within the past five years, Airbnb is an alternative way for people to find temporary housing, whether it be for vacation or work purposes. Airbnb, in short, is an online marketplace where people can list their room/property for rent and where guests can find such places. It is available in cities across the country and has become as popular, if not more, than a standard hotel. As a host, Airbnb can be an alternative way to make money while still keeping your property and avoiding the complicated nature of a standard lease. When it comes to being a landlord and allowing tenants to use Airbnb for one of your properties, there are several different things to consider.

Standard Lease Provisions: If a tenant comes to you with a request to list their room or property on Airbnb, prior to giving any kind of permission, be sure to look at the lease you share with the tenant for any important details regarding allowing sublets.

Stephen Fishman of Nolo notes, “[The lease] undoubtedly has provisions that say something like the following ‘tenant shall not sublet all or any part of the premises without landlord’s prior written consent.” Sublet, in simple terms, simply means renting out part or all of the property for a specific period of time. If the lease with your tenant specifies this, there is no changing it, and your tenant is liable to be evicted if this is violated. If the lease does not specify this, then the tenant can technically sublet the property, even if it is against your wishes. Establishing what provisions are in the lease with your tenant is a great first step.

Consider the Following of Your Tenant: As you are deciding on whether or not to allow for your property to be listed on Airbnb, consider the “record” of your tenant to assist you in your decision. Going through things like the length of time they’ve been a tenant, if they’ve been a good tenant (meaning little to no neighborly complaints, no disturbances), if they’ve paid their rent on time, etc. are all solid indicators that they are reliable and can be trusted. If you are comfortable with your tenant and believe that they are reliable and trustworthy, then you can go forward in potentially allowing for your property to be listed on Airbnb.

Standard Airbnb Policies that Tenants Must Abide By: Before giving the green light for your tenant to post their room or apartment on Airbnb, ensure that they are fully aware and completely understand the policies that they must abide by, as per Airbnb. Upon signing up, your tenant will have to agree to the Airbnb Terms of Service, which “require hosts to abide by all applicable laws, including but not limited to zoning laws that may require a permit or altogether restrict short term bookings,” Matthew Landis of Lancaster Law Blog writes.

Having an understanding of municipal laws is a must when considering this arrangement. Additionally, Airbnb has a list of basic standards that all hosts must abide by, such as having reliable communication, secure entrances, legitimate check-ins, a clean property, and more. As a landlord, it’s important for you to be aware of these standards as well, so you can hold your tenant accountable when your property is listed/hosted.

The Perks: As allowing your tenant to use your property for Airbnb is a high-risk situation, you may be wondering if there are any benefits to leaping into something risky.  For one, you don’t have to lose a tenant and will continue to have rent paid, regardless if it is directly from your tenant or a renter through Airbnb. Secondly, you could see this as an opportunity to compromise with your tenant, and find ways to make it work for both of you. If your tenant is insistent on wanting to do this, perhaps you could introduce the idea of a lease extension, an extra fee, etc. to make it worthwhile for you and your tenant.

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In the scenario that your tenant wants to host their room or apartment through Airbnb, there is a lot for you, the landlord, to consider. Ultimately, be sure to come to a compromise that works for you and your tenant, and get your agreement in writing!

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