More and more occupants are experiencing problems with unwanted holiday hire of apartments, such as by Airbnb, short stay and house swap. These problems may assume many tangible and visible forms: all kinds of strangers on the landing, noise at inconvenient times and a feeling of insecurity, because what in fact is the background of all these visitors? Then there is also the indirect damage: how does all this holiday hire affect the value of your home? Does property value fall in districts with high Airbnb? Does it lead to extra maintenance in common areas, must they be painted and cleaned more often?
Holiday hire will continue to increase in the coming years. Do you want to be ready for the problems, or even take pre-emptive action? If your apartment is part of an Association of Co-Owners, then that is possible in many cases. Parel Beheer is there to help you.
What can be done?
Home owners often think there is nothing they can do about unwanted holiday hire of apartments for Airbnb by their neighbours or other apartment owners in an Association of Co-Owners. However, that is not the case; true, municipalities have rules for holiday hire, but that does not mean that it is always permitted! Each Association of Co-Owners has a deed of division executed by a notary-public, setting out the apartment owners’ rights and obligations and the purposes for which the property may or may not be used. That is almost always a habitation function; as the judge has ruled on many an occasion, Airbnb is not a habitation function. The simple fact that your municipality has drawn up rules for Airbnb therefore does not necessarily mean that, according to the rules of the Association of Co-Owners, it will in fact be permitted.
We want to help you with your problems with Airbnb without rushing headlong into expensive legal proceedings with lawyers and lawsuits but, if that seems finally necessary, we will of course also take the appropriate measures on your behalf. It is often sufficient to apply the existing rules and talk with the tenants. For you this is awkward; after all, you would rather not speak to the neighbours you see every day, plus which you hit the tenants in the wallet and you are not completely au fait with the rules of the Association of Co-Owners and the most recent court judgments in the matter. That is, however, important if you hope to approach the problem correctly. We are here to help you: fast, efficient and at a comprehensible cost.
Who are we?
Parel Beheer is a medium-sized operator with clients in and around Amsterdam. Our clients include Associations of Co-Owners, individual housing landlords and real estate companies. We attach particular importance to personal attention for our clients. From our management practice we know what the consequences can be of unwanted letting of rooms and apartments via Airbnb, for short stay and via sites such as huizenruil.nl. Occupants often find it difficult to discuss the matter with co-owners and with other occupants because they are not quite certain of the laws and regulations, want to avoid conflict with other occupants, or simply find it all too much fuss and bother. And all the while it affects their quality of habitation and they bear (often invisible) costs, through higher AoC contribution or lower sales prices on their houses. Jan Willem Hens, managing director of Parel Beheer wants to drawn in its experience to support occupants in these matters without running up excessive legal costs.
Parel Beheer is keen to help you deal with your problems. To that end we have developed a bespoke service that begins with clear rules and talking to each other. Only if there really is no alternative do we end with concrete legal measures. We keep talks open through mediation between landlords and co-owners while working in a structured way to solve the problem. If, however, we find it necessary to take legal action then we work with the law firm Loyr Advocaten. We work fast, relation-minded and solution-driven.