airbnb in Dubai, UAE – Penalties May Apply

Legal grey area of residents subletting Dubai homes on Airbnb

From The National / UAE, August 15, 2014

Property rental website Airbnb.com offers a bed for the night for as little as Dh37, but residents using it to rent out their homes – or parts of them – could be liable for a far bigger bill. More than 1,000 Dubai properties are on Airbnb, which allows people to let an entire home, private room or sofa-bed at the click of a mouse. Listings range from plush villas on The Palm Jumeirah to shared dorm rooms in Bur Dubai. Yet many users, often unwittingly, are seeking to rent out homes illegally or sublet property without their landlord’s permission, in what one Dubai property expert called a “legal grey area”.