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Airbnb Guide for Tenants

It often happens in people’s lives that they need to leave their homeland or their native city for several months and even years. In this case, the question arises, what to do with the property? The most pragmatic answer to this question is – rent it! On the one hand, it allows you to earn money, but on the other hand, it can also be related to certain risks, especially if you're a tenant. Let’s take a look at the things which should be considered in such situations.

What’s in Your Rental Agreement?

Most rental agreements don’t allow tenants to sublet their property without permission from their landlord. It doesn’t matter if it’s for a few days or more, if there’s such a clause in your rental agreement then your landlord can take legal action against you if you break this clause. If that’s the case, it’s best to negotiate this term with your landlord. Because if you decide to keep it a secret, your landlord will find out about it anyway and it can get you in a terrible situation. So, how to negotiate with your landlord to make things happen the way you want?

Negotiating With Your Landlord

Before starting the negotiations, you need to put yourself in landlord’s shoes. Although Airbnb is a safe system, there’s always a risk that guests can damage something, behave themselves too loud or even steal something. In some cities, there are strict laws in regards to short-term rentals while the others prohibit them altogether. So, it’s easy to understand why your landlord may be discouraged to sub-let their property. First of all, if you’re living in the areas with strict, short-term rentals laws, then most likely you won’t be able to negotiate with your landlord successfully. But if you’re living in the city with more relaxed rental laws there are specific tactics which can make you convince your landlord to sublet their property:

  • Offer to pay more rent or to give your landlord a percentage of earnings from Airbnb

  • Tell them about Airbnb’s $1,000,000 Host Protection Policy

  • Offer to prolong a leasing contract

  • Purchase a vacation rental insurance to cover potential risks

  • Suggest your landlord becoming a co-host so that they can see all the information about guests and bookings

  • Tell them that there will be less ‘wear and tear’ since Airbnb guests usually spend very little time in the apartments they rent

Still Got a ‘NO’?

It’s possible that your landlord will remain sceptical even after all these convincing arguments. It doesn’t mean that you lost; it just means that you need to negotiate further. Initiate another conversation with them and ask what their main concerns are. The chances are that they will still have some fears which you will be able to dismantle if you continue communicating with them. The last resort is to ask UnicoHost to negotiate with your landlord together with you to make both parties satisfied. If you need help with such situation, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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