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    is AirBnB legal in Hong Kong

    I have stayed in a few airbnb apartments and really enjoyed the experience. Wondering if its legal to rent apartments like that in Hong Kong?


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    Depends on whether the owners have bothered to get a license. I would guess most have not. A bit more information in this thread here (towards the end).

    https://hongkong.geoexpat.com/forum/...d317917-2.html


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    I don't think it's illegal, but maybe not entirely legal either. I guess most AirBnB places are not registered under the Office of the Licensing Authority, and probably in many apartment complexes subletting on a daily basis is not strictly allowed, especially when it is the whole flat rather than just individual rooms.

    When I look at the prices for AirBnB I don't find them that attractive. Besides the room rate, there are cleaning and service costs, and then you have to arrange a time to meet the owner, and you might have to leave early in the day when you check out. So, unless there is a substantial saving, I might prefer to pay for a normal hotel, or look for a more established B&B with regular check in times.


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    Someone in/near Sai Kung is advertising in the Sai Kung magazine to rent out a room for $850/night, 2 week minimum. Think that's legal?


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    Quote Originally Posted by jobin
    Someone in/near Sai Kung is advertising in the Sai Kung magazine to rent out a room for $850/night, 2 week minimum. Think that's legal?
    If the place is a registered guesthouse, then its legal. If its not, then 4 weeks or longer is legal (considered like a rental agreement) but anything less than 4 weeks is illegal.

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    Whether Airbnb is legal in HK or not, it doesn't stop the banks from running their typical promotions. From Standard Chartered Hong Kong website:

    From 2 March 2015 to 31 May 2015, you can enjoy 15% off on booking with Airbnb with your Standard Chartered Credit Card. Book now and explore interesting accommodations all over the world!
    https://www.sc.com/hk/promotion/credit-cards/airbnb/

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    It's not legal. Most of the airbnb hosts email you after the reservation is made to say "if anyone asks, tell them you're my friend." yeah as bdw mentioned, under 4 weeks is illegal. many hosts are now trying to cover themselves by getting the guest to sign a pseudo-lease which technically leases you the place for a whole month at a nominal amount, but you're agreeing to only stay there for the dates you bought on airbnb. Not a lawyer myself, but I don't see how this would hold up in a court of law. Including an actual agreement below a host asks guests to sign in hk.


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    Then you would need to stamp the lease for it to be legal?


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    Quote Originally Posted by booth
    Then you would need to stamp the lease for it to be legal?
    I guess the stamp would give it more teeth, but it's still an attempt to circumvent the law. I'm surprised real estate agent societies and hotel societies aren't making a bigger fuss about this...i'm thinking airbnb must take so much business away from traditional businesses dependent on lodgings.

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    I didn't think airbnb had much success in HK. Just didn't seem widely accepted by both parties compared to the states for example.


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