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  • Rent-to-Rent

    Airbnb Rent to Rent/Sub-letting Scam

    There is a growing trend of tenants that illegally sub-let rental property via Airbnb, particularly in lucrative areas such as London.

    Airbnb make no checks that the person putting an add on Airbnb is the owner or has permission to sub-let.

    Also if you book a place on Airbnb and you don't check with Land Registry Online at a cost of only £3 that you are dealing with the owner or ask the person to prove ownership then there is a chance that the property may not be available when you arrive.

    If booking via Airbnb when going abroad please be very careful.

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    Hi James,

    Are you able to provide any evidence to back up the above claim please?

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    Very common now. My brother in law and a friend both had their property listed on Airbnb when it was rented out with AST. 

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    Would there still be an issue if the LL has allowed their property to be sub-let?

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    Yes

    Most Lenders don't allow sub-letting.

    They may allow lodgers but not short term lettings.

    Most of AirBnB is illegal.

    There are very few lenders; freeholders or insurers that allow short term lettings.

    Then there are council planning issues and council tax etc.

    Very few LL are aware their tenants are engaging in fraudulent sub-letting.

    It is a major problem especially in popular tourist areas like in London.

    How to prevent fraudulent sub-letting is a real issue.

    Not sure anyone has worked out how to catch fraudster tenants etc.

    But of course there are many fraudster LL.

    They are even harder to detect.

    Let's face it lenders aren't even aware of Accidental LL illegally letting out on a resi mortgage then what hope of detecting short term lettting!?

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    The same happens on spareroom also, they say like others too that their platform is just classified ads and in the site t&cs state that they are not responsible for checks ect thus the reason they are not regulated the same way letting agents are.

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    The owner of a three-bedroom house in west London has not received a penny in rent despite her property being sub-let, without consent, to as many as eight tenants at a time for a cost of £835 a night.

    Cheryl Roux, the ex-wife of Michellin star chef Albert Roux, has now moved out of her house after a decision to rent out part of her home turned sour.

    Roux decided to rent out the top two storeys of her mews house, but the tenants turned out to be bogus, and have since June, Roux claims, been illegally sub-letting the three-bedroom property.

    Roux was advised to move out of the property by the police to avoid confrontation, but they are unwilling to intervene in the dispute over the property, insisting that it is a matter for the civil court.

    Full/source story

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    There appears to be some significant information missing from this report.

    If this lady has trespassers in her home that would usually be a police matter. They must have good reason to believe otherwise.

    Why has she not evicted the tenants or are there reasons why this tenancy is not excluded?

    How can she move out of a property where the locks have been changed and she can't gain entry, where is she actually living?

    It is good to see another report of airBnB doing the right thing and removing the listing.

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