Short term lettings (often via Airbnb and similar platforms) are a modern phenomenon, The advent of Airbnb (and similar websites) has led to leaseholders letting out their flats on a short term and often nightly basis.
Airbnb: breach of lease?
This activity is likely to amount to a breach of the terms of a lease.
Leases contain rafts of obligations which set out the purposes for which the flat can (and can’t) be used, and also how leaseholders can (and can’t) behave.
Short term letting via Airbnb and other similar platforms may well place a leaseholder in breach of those obligations. Often multiple clauses are breached.
Swift and efficient resolution
After all, not every breach of lease needs to result in litigation. It may be a simple misunderstanding on the part of the leaseholder, which can be remedied with minimal fuss and expense.
In our experience, breaches of this nature are often resolved by discussion and negotiation with the leaseholder.
But where early resolution isn’t possible, our County Court and Tribunal experts provide the practical advice our clients rely upon.
We’re well-versed in bringing proceedings for breach of lease in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (and Leasehold Valuation Tribunal for our clients in Wales).
Our experts are on hand to guide you through each stage of the Tribunal proceedings; from the drafting of the application for a determination on breach of lease through to representation at the final hearing (and each stage in-between).
County Court action
In some cases, an application to the County Court for an injunction to stop the short term letting may be appropriate.
Our solicitors will advise and guide you through the proceedings.
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