Before tenants list rental homes for commercial use, they should look closely at their leases, according to Joshua Krefetz, a real estate lawyer at Ligris, a firm in Newton, Mass., who specializes in landlord-tenant litigation. “The laws are different in every state, but the main thing is the language of the lease,” Mr. Krefetz said.
He has not worked on any cases involving disputes arising from this type of short-term rental but explained that, generally, “full disclosure and consent should avoid problems with the landlord.” Hosts should also consider getting liability insurance before listing it, he added, even if they rent rather than own.
Hattie Kolp, 30, a special-education teacher in New York who writes a blog about lifestyle and design, has lived in the same two-bedroom, rent-stabilized apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan since she was 10. She took over the lease from her parents about four