This should serve as a warning to tenants who want to do things outside of their rental agreement.

• A Wellington couple were ordered to pay $1000 for mental distress & exemplary damages of $300 after sub-letting a rental property on Airbnb without owner’s approval or consent.

• The two tenants breached the individual tenancy agreement for hosting seven groups at the property at a profit of $1568 in July & August 2016 in order to cover the extra rental costs.

• However, the owners never gave permission for it to be sublet as they were anxious at the potential mistreatment of their home by people they didn’t know.

• Experts warned landlords of the serious insurance implications for properties posted on Airbnb, which may not be covered if serious damages occur.

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