Is there a way to lease my property on a short term bases for Airbnb? – Ben, VIC

Q: Just wondering if my body corporate has a leg to stand on if I were to Airbnb my own apartment? I do know they don’t like it, but is there a way I can lease my property on short-term bases?

A: Owners corporations in Victoria do not have the authority to directly prohibit or interfere with the operation of short-stay letting by an owner of their apartment or townhouse. The Court of Appeals has confirmed this. If the short-stay guests are disruptive, an owners corporation may issue breach notices. If three are given within two years for genuine breaches of the Registered or Model Rules, the owners corporation may seek an order from VCAT to prohibit short-stay letting by that lot.