The Ugly Truth Behind Many Cheap Accommodations On Airbnb


HMO licensing, illegal subletting, landlords who fell victim to tenants who are offering their property as a holiday lets via Airbnb, , services like Airbnb are unfortunately causing a lot of headache and sleepless nights for many housing landlords in the UK, tenants sublet their properties without their landlord’s permission


Are you going on a vacation? Chances are, you’ve browsed through Airbnb to score rooms located in prime locations at discount prices!

While shared accommodation may be a big win for travellers, services like Airbnb are unfortunately causing a lot of headache and sleepless nights for many housing landlords in the UK.

Landlord Action, a tenant eviction firm from the UK, highlights the rising number of cases where the tenants sublet their properties without their landlord’s permission.

There is a big ruckus from landlords over the issue because illegal subletting not only breaches the tenancy agreement, it also exposes the landlord to additional wear and tear as well as potential violations of HMO licensing, mortgage, and insurance contracts.

Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord action, added that aside from the potential liabilities incurred by the landlord, illegal subletting also enables those who do not have the right to profit or piggyback from another person’s asset.


Case in point is the experience shared by Joy Philipps a homeowner from West London. Ms. Philipps said that she decided to let her West London home so that she can take time off and volunteer for an orphanage in Africa.

Ms. Philipps thought that she found the perfect tenant in a young doctor who expressed his interest in renting her home, until she started receiving emails and calls from her neighbours complaining about the volume of people coming and going at her house.

Apparently while Ms. Philipps was in Africa, her tenant was not occupying her house as a residence, but instead, he rented out the house as a boutique hotel via Airbnb. Ms. Philipps had no other choice but to end her volunteer work in Africa to get her property back from her tenant.

Shamplina said that like Ms. Philipps, there are a lot of landlords who have fallen victim to tenants who offer their property as holiday lets via Airbnb; and most of them are seeking Landlord action’s help against their opportunistic tenants.


Understanding The Cause

HMO licensing, illegal subletting, landlords who fell victim to tenants who are offering their property as a holiday lets via Airbnb, , services like Airbnb are unfortunately causing a lot of headache and sleepless nights for many housing landlords in the UK, tenants sublet their properties without their landlord’s permission

Passive income is always a strong motivator for sub-letting.


A lot of people love the idea of passive income. And for many tenants, sub-letting is their way of generating passive income. Unfortunately, many are unaware of the limitations in their own tenancy agreement, and tenants end up giving their landlords all kinds of legal problems.

Rick Otton, an experienced property mentor to many successful property investors in the country, suggests that if tenants want to benefit from passive income without getting other people in danger, they can always look to alternative property investing strategies such as rent-to-buy and instalment contracts that can help them procure investment properties on their own and ‘get in the game’.

Because of high property prices, more and more investors are applying alternative strategies to build their property portfolio. The best way to learn these strategies is to network and build working relationships with these people.

“If you have the passion for property and you want earn money from it, the best advice I can give you is to just get in the game. It’s so easy to get started since all you have to do is go out and speak to some people. Not many people know this, but building relationships is the fool-proof way of getting houses which will lead you to profitable deals,” said Mr. Otton.

He added that aspiring landlords should set aside time each week into meeting and socialising with people who have the same interests.


“Get out there and see what’s happening, put your feet on the ground, walk around the streets, talk to the agents, talk to the mortgage brokers, talk to the sellers in the street about what they’re doing and what they’re trying to do,” according to Mr. Otton.

You can still start a career in property investment with little capital and without jeopardising others in the process. If you want to know more about alternative investing strategies, you may check out the events page of Mr. Rick Otton.

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