I am renting an apartment in HK for a few months, and I'm coming to the US for Christmas for 1 week. I thought it would be a good idea to rent the place on Airbnb during this week.
But I made a stupid mistake, I forgot that it was forbidden by my Tenant Agreement: "the tenant shall not sublet the Premises to any other person. This tenancy shall be personal to the Tenant named herein."
This was a reckless mistake and I shouldn't have proceeded, but I forgot.
So I put the apartment on Airbnb a few weeks ago, and I didn't get any reservations (except one that I have canceled). And this morning I got an email from the landlord saying that he saw the listing on Airbnb, blaming me to break the contract and that he will "reprocess" the apartment Monday next week, and I have to leave the keys etc.
First, I fear that he will hold my deposit and will not reimburse what's left of my rent for the month. Second, doesn't it feel a bit overkill as I didn't find any tenant and did not get any money from Airbnb or anyone else for renting the place? Is this even legal to kick me out of the apartment like that? What are my options?
Thanks guys. A bit lost here.