Can I stop an Airbnb guest entering the property?

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7 months ago

Can I stop an Airbnb guest entering the property?

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Can I stop an Airbnb guest entering the property?

I’m yet another landlord to discover one of their single let tenants is Airbnb-ing their flat.

I actually found out from the tenant himself when I requested access for a fire inspection and he responded that he was no longer there and had moved city and was now airbnb-ing the flat to cover the rent.

I have since informed him he can’t do this and he has gone quiet but not before letting me know about the arrival of a long-ish term guest in the coming days.

My query is, am I legally allowed to stop the guest entering the property? I have asked the tenant to cancel all bookings and remove the ad (a request is also in with Airbnb) but so far nothing seems to have happened.

Would I be breaching any tenant rights by blocking access to their (paying) guest?

Rebecca



Comments

Neil Patterson

7 months ago

Hi Rebecca,

If there is a no sublet clause in your tenancy agreement and you have informed Airbnb I don't see what tenancy laws you are breaking.

Plus more importantly your property will not be insured !

Tabraz Khan

7 months ago

He's told you he's moved out your tenancy is with him -don't see an issue. Serve abandonment notice at property wait required number of days and take it back.
You could change the locks - for security reasons as you are not sure who has a copy as any airbnb guy could have a copy - but would have to offer these new keys to current tenant so as not to fall foul of illegal eviction.
Just my 2p worth. Not a legal bod.

Rob Crawford

7 months ago

Hi Rebecca, do you have his admission in writing that he is not longer occupying the property? If not you need to tread carefully. In terms of the AirBnB, I would give them a call and let them know they are advertising and letting it illegally. Just to close the supply chain (if indeed it is being let through them that is). Some good legal advise is I suggest what you need.

John Frith

7 months ago

Begs the question of whether a landlord should address this issue within their letting agreements, if only to make it clear.


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