Do you know how to detect whether a tenant is subletting? Do you know why it’s important to detect it? Imagine this: You finally got a few good tenants in your unit. They’re mostly quiet, usually polite, and don’t often call you at odd hours of the night. But one Saturday evening, you get a call from a tenant who says they see a car they don’t recognize in the parking lot in an assigned space. You finish your dinner, wipe your mouth, and go out to inspect. Yep, that’s a strange car alright, but it appears to have a parking lot pass in the window. The next weekend, the same thing happens, but with a different car. And the next, and the next. Finally, you call that tenant to ask about the car in the parking lot that they haven’t registered with you. They tell you they’re halfway across the country and can’t help, then hang up.
While nothing bad has necessarily happened, you still feel uneasy. Other tenants begin calling you complaining about increasing noise problems coming from that apartment, and one other tenant even said they smelled smoke. Do you want to wait until this happens to detect subletting in your apartment?
With the growing popularity of services like AirBnB, VRBO, and even short-term rentals on Craigslist, knowing how to detect subletting in the units you own is becoming more and more important than ever. However, rather than having to sleuth around on your own time like many landlords have to do, only to come up with no hard evidence that your tenant is breaking the terms of your lease agreement, you can keep it simple and use our services right here on StopBnB.com to let us keep track of the threat and detect subletting before it starts.