8 December 2017

When a house you own is used as a holiday rental, you’re not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act. This means standard rental agreements don’t apply.

Some hosting sites, like Airbnb, include booking terms and conditions in your page listing. If terms and conditions aren’t included when you list your rental, you’ll need to create and enforce a written agreement outlining your terms and conditions.

The agreement should cover rules and expectations about:

  • payments, including deposits and refunds
  • maximum number of guests
  • pets
  • camping, eg extra guests can/can’t pitch a tent on the lawn
  • smoking/non-smoking
  • liability, eg if someone has an accident on your property.

If you use a template provided by your preferred hosting website, make sure it covers everything you need it to.

You can’t ask tenants to move out temporarily so you can make more money over the summer by using the property for Airbnb or similar.

If your tenants decide to sublet the property while they’re away, they need your permission and must abide by their tenancy agreement. They cannot sublet the property without your permission.

Subletting has more information.

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