Can landlords let out rooms on airbnb without tenants’ knowledge or permission?

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10:12 AM, 14th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Can landlords let out rooms on airbnb without tenants’ knowledge or permission?

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Can landlords let out rooms on airbnb without tenants’ knowledge or permission?

I’m living in a shared house with an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (minimum term 6 months). There’s currently an empty room in the house. The landlord said a new person would check into the room and asked us to be in to let the new person in.

The person turned up and say they’re coming to the room for 4 nights, using it as airbnb. I had no idea this was happening. Landlord confirms that they are letting the room out using airbnb until they find a longer term tenant.

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Can landlords let out rooms on airbnb without tenants’ knowledge or permission?

Many thanks!

Jenny


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Mark Alexander

13:44 PM, 15th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jill Coyne" at "15/02/2017 - 12:59":

See Ian Narbeth's response. He is both a solicitor and an HMO landlord.
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Jill Coyne

14:33 PM, 15th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Sean Graveney" at "15/02/2017 - 13:03":

Or letting their spare room on air b&b

Jill Coyne

16:40 PM, 15th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Ian Narbeth" at "15/02/2017 - 13:41":

Thank you Ian- didn't know that hmos could be let on individual room basis with ASTs

Jill Coyne

19:41 PM, 15th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Completely off Jenny's original point, I was just wondering how tenants on individual ASTs in say a four bed house, sharing facilities /kitchen /bathroom, split their bills? Individual meters for heating etc?

Paul Maguire

20:55 PM, 15th February 2017
About 4 years ago

In my flat it's split equally. As there's at least 5 [has been 10 in the past which I'm licensed for] it's a lot lower than if they were sharing a 2 bedroom flat. It's worked well for the past 19 years with no squabbles.

Trendo

3:29 AM, 16th February 2017
About 4 years ago

It is not clear from the original post exactly what the setup is.

"I’m living in a shared house with an Assured Shorthold Tenancy"

which could be either a single ast for whole prop or 1 ast per room.

If it is a single ast with all sharers on it then NO LL cannot do this.
If it let ast per room and shared facilities YES he can (subject to mortgage & HMO licensing etc.)

Using a licence is generally used for lodgers in LL own home.

Jill Coyne

8:05 AM, 16th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Trendo " at "16/02/2017 - 03:29":

Clear now thanks- but rooms are let on separate ASTs, can LL use a spare room himself for occasional overnight stays eg when doing repairs?

Dani Hicks

9:57 AM, 16th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jill Coyne" at "16/02/2017 - 08:05":

Hi Jill, I can't see a reason why the LL can't do this, as long as the tenants are aware of it. My tenants probably will complain, as they like their privacy at night.

Ian Narbeth

10:13 AM, 16th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jill Coyne" at "16/02/2017 - 08:05":

Hi Jill
It's not a good idea for the landlord to use the room him or her self as that will breach his mortgage conditions. Also tenants who live in HMOs generally don't want the LL living in the house.

Ian Narbeth

10:43 AM, 16th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jill Coyne" at "15/02/2017 - 19:41":

In many HMOs the landlord pays the bills. This suits tenants as they know how much they will have to spend each month and don't get nasty surprises. As a tenant I would not want to have to divi up the bills if fellow tenants are coming and going frequently and what happens when one or more rooms are empty?

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