SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Airbnb, the website that helps travelers find a place to stay, is landing some property renters in trouble.
The San Francisco Chronicle has been reporting that several tenants who listed their apartments up on the site have been evicted for violating the terms of their leases.
Landlords also sent an eviction notice to a man in New York City who was surprised to find that his apartment that he listed on Airbnb was actually being used for an x-rated party.
It could be a case of current rules and regulations getting in the way of technology or is it the other way around?
Often times a lease will have a no sublet clause. Basically as many renters already know that means in order for a friend to move in to that apartment or for you to leave temporarily or get out of the lease early to find a subletter, you need the landlord’s permission.
On Airbnb, people are renting out their apartments for a day or a week or whatever amount of time using the online service. It’s a really cool service where you can go on the site and type in where you want to go and a bunch of rooms, houses for rent, or apartments will come up.
The landlords are now using this transaction as a basis for grounds to evict their tenants with the defense that this is subletting. I think it’s pretty safe to say we’re going to see some changes in the regulation in this sort of thing.