Unfortunately unauthorised sub-letting or Airbnb hosting is more common than you may think throughout Australia! Although it is a standard part of most residential tenancy agreements to forbid tenants from sub-letting, Airbnb & short-term letting is in a bit of a legal grey area as there is convention over whether it falls under the definition of sub-letting and is more seen as granting a ‘license’ of use.
Nonetheless, it is really difficult to enforce and prevent your tenants from doing this and to catch your tenants in the act. The risks to you could include making your insurance invalid due to the extra risk of an incident, not to mention additional wear & tear on your property increasing your maintenance costs.
To read more about how you can prevent this and catch your tenants in the act, see our blog post ‘Are your Tenants Cashing in on Airbnb?’.