Tip 1: Talk it over
Inconvenience caused by, for example, Airbnb is always a source of conflict between co-occupants. You have a problem, for example, with noise at night, but the landlord is earning income from it. If you, as co-occupants, speak to him about the behaviour of his guests, you are in fact also reaching into his wallet or her purse. For example, you want the problem to stop, but that affect the income of the landlord, who perhaps needs that income badly just to get by.
It is important to keep on talking terms with the landlord: always try to sort things out together first. For example, make arrangements about the number of rental days, no noise after 23:00 hrs and clearing and keeping clean the communal areas by the tenant.
Tip 2: Know your rights
Be sure to keep up with the rules on the temporary letting of living space. Think about:
- Rules laid down by the local authority setting out the conditions of the municipality for temporary letting;
- Has the Association of Co-Owners drawn up a set of internal rules? What does it say about temporary letting?
- What is in the so-called Deed of Division? This states the allocation of the dwelling or the apartment and what the property may or may not be used for.
Tip 3: Keep a diary
Keep a logbook: note the date, time of day and nature of the problem, and also the number of guests who might be using the accommodation and/or littering the corridors. Here you can find a model for a logbook that you can keep. Keep the logbook for a long period, it might help you in a possible court case.
Tip 4: Seek expert advice
You cannot settle the matter with the landlord and the problem persists despite clear arrangements? Then contact us. We can mediate in the solution of the conflict and offer customized advice as to the most intelligent approach. We do this on the basis of our long years of experience and in cooperation with the experienced legal team of Loyr Advocaten. We examine the relevant rules and agreements: not only the rules of the municipality, but also, and more particularly, the rules and arrangements of the Association of Co-Owners and the terms of the Deed of Division. However, we also take a look at the relevant arrangements within the Association of Co-Owners and recorded in the Minutes of the meetings. If mediation between landlord(s) and owners fails to elicit the desired result, legal action will probably be necessary, but we will always try mediation first and legal measures if we are left with no other option. Because that is tried and trusted as the more efficient way and, ultimately, the less expensive for all concerned.