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the title already tells you the problem that I’ve got. I live in Cologne, Germany and beeing host via AirBnB made my flat payable while having exams. I had the arrangement with my landlord, that everytime I let someone live in my flat, I’ll call her and tell her about that person(s). At first it was no problem, but now she seems to feel unfairly treated. Everytime I called her, she cried around and finally she asked me for an even higher amount of rent - which is definately (!) not possible for me as a student. I explained her, that I need the money and that I’ll probably have move out of the flat without AirBnB, but she doesn’t care. Usually she is friendly, but from the moment on where she asked me for more money, I’m not sure if her “friendship” was just played…
Do you have any ideas, what I could do to persuade her? Or shall I move out, find another place to live?
First, sorry about your experience. And if you read here often you will know we come down hard on tenants who rent out their spaces. However, I must give you kudos for being open and honest with your landlord, as many who rent do not. Also it’s commendable that you honestly called her every time there was a new guest as she asked. That’s commendable, and so you did this the right way. You have nothing to be ashamed of.
Sounds to me like she may be thinking of renting out the flat herself on Airbnb! Maybe she thinks you got q windfall and wants all the money for herself
Can you check with the university to see if there are apartments you can share?
I am surprised that you even found a landlord to begin with that lets your have people over and be paid for it. I would never agree to this arrangement if i was your landlord. You are making money on using her property. Of course she wants to raise the rent. ANd why not, you profit from her property.
Find an appartement with a roommate, that would be more appropriate .
The crying is a red flag to me. She is either emotionally unstable or manipulating you or both.
Are you familiar with tenants rights in your city? It is unlikely she can just raise the rent on a whim if you have a lease. There many be a tenants advocacy group in your city that can assist; most large cities in the developed world have them.
Thank you all for you replys! It seems that there are two partys in here - the ones who cannot comprehend the landlords decision and think she’s greedy and the ones who think that she’s right, because she looses money (or has got opportunity costs) while me as tenant use her apartment for raising money via AirBnB.
I think both sides are right somehow.
Now I decided to change the flat and I will already move out in September, I think that’s the best way.
If you can get time in person with them to explain that they can make more money by you providing a furnished apartment and oversee the stay of your guests, and screen them carefully, I don’t see why a landlord wouldn’t want to hire you. You would need to discuss cost of insurance liability and extra utilities and as long as the landlord got a cut I don’t see why they wouldn’t want you doing it. If you are just crying and being emotional that is definitely not going to work on them.