Short Term Rentals

In this guide, you'll learn about key issues that impact Illinois Landlords with short-term rentals.

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Short-term rentals can be a great way to earn money.  But the legal relationship between short-term guests and longer-term Tenants is very different.

Short-Term Guests Are Different Than Traditional Tenants

Short-Term Guests - Short-term guests are like guests in a hotel.  They have no "legal interest" in the property.  Rather, this is often a "license" that grants a guest to use a certain portion of real estate for a certain period of time.  The same landlord/tenant rules that control most issues you'll encounter don't apply to short-term rentals.

If the guest booked the stay on Airbnb or VRBO, the terms on the website will govern.  These guests don't sign a lease or otherwise agree to keep the place clean other than as required on the booking website.

Long-Term Tenants - A traditional tenant is granted a leasehold interest in the real estate, not a license.  This relationship is what most folks think of as a landlord/tenant.  

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Can my Tenant rent out my house on Airbnb/VRBO?

Unless your lease says others, a Tenant can sublet all or any portion of the property.  It's not smart, but if you don't prevent it in your lease, then yes they can.  

Here's why it's a bad idea: liability.  Your insurance likely doesn't cover short-term rentals.  And your lease won't either.  If you don't want your house on Airbnb/VRBO, stop it in the lease. (this helps).

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