Airbnb rul­ing

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - SU­SAN EDMUNDS

Plan­ning to make a quick buck rent­ing your place to Adele fans this month? Or vis­it­ing rugby crowds later in the year? Think again.

The Ten­ancy Tri­bunal has ruled that sub-let­ting a rental prop­erty on Airbnb is in breach of the Res­i­den­tial Ten­an­cies Act.

It found in favour of Welling­ton-based prop­erty man­ager Keith Pow­ell, that his two ten­ants had breached both the Res­i­den­tial Ten­an­cies Act and the Ten­ancy Agree­ment for sub­leas­ing the prop­erty via Airbnb.

But while the cou­ple made $1568 from host­ing guests, the Tri­bunal only awarded $1000 to the prop­erty own­ers for ‘‘men­tal dis­tress’’, and ex­em­plary dam­ages of $300 as a de­ter­rent from do­ing it in the fu­ture.

Pow­ell said enough was enough. ‘‘If ten­ants are know­ingly putting the ac­com­mo­da­tion in the hands of groups that have not signed the Ten­ancy Agree­ment, and mak­ing a profit, then I don’t think a $300 fine is go­ing to stop any­one,’’ he said.

The own­ers of the prop­erty were trav­el­ling and re­turned im­me­di­ately upon learn­ing their fully fur­nished home had played host to more than seven dif­fer­ent groups.

Pow­ell said they were ‘‘quite over-wrought’’ think­ing that peo­ple had been liv­ing in their home that their prop­erty man­ager had not had the op­por­tu­nity to vet and ap­prove on their be­half.

Kiwi Har­vest’s Julie Crocker and Lynette Van Nes from En­counter Hope load­ing veg­eta­bles into the char­ity’s van.

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