This Website Snitches On Renters Who List Their Apartments On Airbnb

Meet Huntbnb, a tool that makes it easy to find Airbnb units by typing in a specific address.

There's a new tool out that makes it easy for landlords to find out if one of their renters is listing an apartment on Airbnb, the room-renting company that recently overhauled its logo and transformed the Internet into giggling 10-year-olds.

It's called Huntbnb, and using it merely requires you type in the address of one of your properties. Here, for example, is what showed up when I typed in the address of my building:

Airbnb doesn't provide the exact address of a potential place to stay until you book it. Huntbnb, on the other hand, works by taking the location property owners type in. Its algorithm creates a geofence that encircles the pinned location, which unearths all the Airbnb properties listed within that radius. Afterward, those listings are further filtered out using the street name provided by the Airbnb lister.

The company has had its share of hurdles. In New York, for example, a third of New York City's 19,522 Airbnb units are being rented out in an illegal manner. They're effectively being listed as hotel rooms while the owners earn a handsome profit, without being present on the property.

Other times, though, landlords are just unhappy that their tenants are making a profit and allowing in a revolving door of visitors--such as when one of our editors got slapped with a restraining order for renting out his extra rooms.

In any case you can try Huntbnb out here.

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  • deanmuldrow

    Great news and an awesome tool! Thanks for letting me know about this! Last year I rented my house out to a guy who seemed really nice and had great references- I had to go home to Minnesota to take care of a family member. With no permission or knowledge this guy started renting out my house on airbnb for a year! Turns out I had dozens of strangers coming into my house every month. I rented my apartment fully furnished and when I came back to my house 11 months later it was trashed. I would never have agreed to allow him to profit off of my house- especially for the super low rent I had offered it to him for--- this guy made thousands of dollars in the year I was gone (more exactly he made $18,672.48 ABOVE what he paid for rent--as airbnb released the records of all of the rental transactions made on the site which totaled $26,772.48). I wish I had know about this site before this. All gain for my tenant- zero liability. How Nice. Your whining editor is an idot btw!

  • deanmuldrow

    Great news and an awesome tool! Thanks for letting me know about this! Last year I rented my house out to a guy who seemed really nice and had great references- I had to go home to Minnesota to take care of a family member. With no permission or knowledge this guy started renting out my house on airbnb for a year! Turns out I had dozens of strangers coming into my house every month. I rented my apartment fully furnished and when I came back to my house 11 months later it was trashed. I would never have agreed to allow him to profit off of my house- especially for the super low rent I had offered it to him for--- this guy made thousands of dollars in the year I was gone (more exactly he made $18,672.48 ABOVE what he paid for rent--as airbnb released the records of all of the rental transactions made on the site which totaled $26,772.48). I wish I had know about this site before this. All gain for my tenant- zero liability. How Nice. Your whining editor is an idot btw!

  • Victoria Castellaccio

    Post your rentals on a legitimate rental listing site like rentalroost.com

  • lesel29

    In some cities in California, there's another fly in the ointment for landlords. Los Angeles, Berkeley and Santa Monica (and more) have strict Rent Control laws protecting any resident staying over 30 days. So if the tenant lets someone overstay their welcome, it's hard to get rid of the pest. Then there's the liability issues....

  • I have no idea what sort of fine you're talking about, nor am I aware of any particular laws that say that a person renting a space can't subcontract, unless it specifically says so in their contract. Is this generally illegal? Or is it only illegal if they make a profit as opposed to ensuring they can pay their required rent, and limit risk with insurance? Please expound on this idea. I feel like I've gotten a 10th of the article I needed here.

  • Bob Oncle

    You can't sublet your apartment without approval of the landlord, unless they are idiots and write a lease that says otherwise.

    And whatever insurance you think you have, the owner is not covered because they would need to have commercial liability insurance, which is required when you are running a business. You have to love people who have no idea what the law is who "share" it with the rest of us as if they know the facts.

  • williamjlane

    One of your editors did not get slapped with a $20,000 fine. That's a crap reference that is not true. Kind of seems like you are going for a catchy sentence for the "OMG" reaction, without actually checking your source. Poor work Chris.

  • This is the exact type of liberal propaganda that put us in a recession in the first place. Check your privilege before commenting something so ignorant, William.

  • Bob Oncle

    Yes, the dreaded liberal propaganda. I remember when they deregulated the financial markets that allowed wall street to make 30-1 bets on home values. Here's a question. If you are leveraged 30-1, what percentage does something have to go down for you to be bankrupt and eating into someone else's money? Those liberals also gave tax cuts over 30 years to the businesses, I mean job creators who then created those jobs in the 3rd world where the numbers were better.

    Ignorance. When did it become a point of view?

  • John Foley

    Can you put in a fake address or 'close enough address' in Airbnb? Example if I rent out 1120 Main St can I put the listing as "close to" 1151 Main St if there is no 1151 Main St.? Or on the 1100 block of Main St.?

  • contact

    You can put in a fake address while listing your location, but airbnb will ask you to confirm the exact pin on the map or move it if it's wrong before submitting the listing. They need the right location to share with the renter upon the rental approval.

    However, the point that huntbnb is trying to make here is irrespective of you providing the right or wrong location while listing your property, airbnb is still going to pin your location at a different location than what you've provided or show that it exists in a circle of a certain radius around the listed location. They never reveal the location you've specified in your listing.