VPN and the 90 days rule

Do you think that if I used a VPN I could be able to bypass the 90 days rule ?

What are you talking about? 90 day rule regarding?


VPN?? What’s that?..

Hi Ginevra,

Welcome to the forum!

Just a reminder - this is an international forum and your local laws may be different than what many of us face. That is why you are getting questions on VPN and 90 days rule.

Virtual Private Network


Virtual Private Network. Allows you to pretend you are in one country when you are in another. If IP blocked to one country, I can log in as if I’m in the UK when I’m actually in Russia.

No idea about the OP’s 90 day rule though!

A virtual private network ( VPN ) gives you online privacy and anonymity by creating a private network from a public internet connection
In London hosts have to abide by the 90 days rule, meaning they aren’t allowed to rent their places for more than 90 days per year.
I was wondering if I would be able to bypass this rue if I used VPN

The rules apply to where the property location is. Doesn’t matter where you are!

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I think cities are using software that detects things like addresses and pictures rather than IP addresses. I’m sure you can play the game awhile, hosts in the US in Miami Beach and NYC are devising all sorts of ways to do so. This however tends to be a forum of hosts who agree with laws regulating Airbnb and you might not find the most helpful audience here.


As annoying and unjust as some rules are - like the 90 day rule- I never advocate trying to circumvent the law. Doing so creates bad headlines and damages the reputation of the industry as a whole. Lobby for a change in the law, appeal for an exemption, convert to long-term are the only suggestions I can give. Not very satisfying and I feel it is unfair that you can’t do what you like with your property.

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VPN isn’t going to make any difference at all. There are plenty of people who live in country A but their rentals are in country B. As @Debthecat says, it’s the property location that matters.

I’m not quite understanding why anyone would want to break the law in this instance. If it’s illegal to rent an STR property for more than 90 days each year, then don’t do it.

There’s nothing magical about STR. Having full-time tenants in a property is an equally valid way to make money from that property without all the work and the headaches that are part and parcel of STR.

If there’s a 90 day law in the place where your property is, then accept it. You’ll sleep better at nights. Most of us would like to break the law in some way - I’d love to break into a chocolate factory or steal a Porsche 911 - but these things are against the law. So I can’t. Just like some people don’t have any divine right to steal Porsches, others don’t have any divine right to have a STR business.


Have you not seen the cost of a general service on a 911, let alone replacing a smashed rear wind screen?!

It’s ouch ouch ouch. We got rid of ours years ago, after realising it was costing more than the mortgage…

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Of course you can let your place for more than 90 days @Ginevra_Donato , you just can’t do it on STR, but lots of opportunities for you to do medium term lets the rest of the year ie students.

As you know we have a huge problem in London with a shortage of decent rented accommodation made worse by those who changed their properties from long term rentals to STRs and rising house prices spurred on in part by those buying property for Airbnb. London was also seeing a fundamental change in areas where Airbnb is prevalent.

Here is one example https://www.ft.com/content/3aa0bd72-fa01-11e8-af46-2022a0b02a6c

Personally I support the introduction of limits for STRs in major cities and other popular areas.

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True … and I live in a place where coconuts crash dowb onto the cars with no warning. I’ve seen many a smashed windscreen parked under palm trees waiting for the unsuspecting owner to turn up.

I’d just have to nick another :slight_smile:

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Yes you can, Go for it.

You’re welcome,