latest post

Landlording Vs The Internet: AirBnB.com and Couchsurfing.org

Few things bring such joy than having lovely people visiting in your home. Also wonderful is visiting people in their homes, in faraway lands, seening their amazing cities and towns, and doing it all affordably! This is how it should be.

Where there is a will (and the internet) there is a way, and that way is either AirBnB .com or Couchsurfing.net . Through the advent of the web, you can rent out your home, apartment or living room, on the cheap, through a worldwide network of subscribers. Make a little mad money and maybe meet a new friend!

Air BnB (as in bed-and-breakfast), and couchsurfing (as in sleeping on the couch), for those who are new to this, make a lot of sense. As long as you don’t get a criminal type hanging out in your home, a small percentage possibility, this can be a good way to make a few bucks, and to have perhaps an interesting guest visiting you.

For the visitor, he or she gets an accommodation that is affordable with maybe a built-in insider’s introduction to an otherwise unfamiliar environment. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

This is great….uh….if the person bringing in the guest is the homeowner. But if it is a rental, now the property manager in me comes out, so let’s break it down. “If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck….it is a __________.” I smell “SUBLETTING”!!

In the landlord-tenant venue, accommodations are provided, and rent received. There are rules attached to this arrangement, contained in a Lease. There is a trade-off: rent provides for certain services, within limits. A specified number of occupants use the premises, expend a certain amount of utilities, and generate a certain, expected amount of wear and tear.

A landlord has a certain expectation from the tenant. The rent is established based on the ability of the tenant to pay, certain anticipated expenses, an understood number of feet pattering on the floor. The landlord has a right to rely upon some predictability to control expenses, wear and tear, and the managability of the property.

One could quibble about the fairness of allowing or denying a legitimate guest to stay in a rented home or apartment. Most leases have clauses stating a maximum time for overnight guests. However, when money is exchanged for the accommodations, then it certainly appears to be subletting, and such subletting without the permission of the landlord would normally be a violation of the lease terms, and grounds for termination of the lease.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.