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All Building Occupants Must Approve Quarantine Rentals

Airbnb properties in houses with multiple apartments may not be rented out for quarantine purposes without the consent of all building residents, RÚV reports. This was determined by the Homeowner’s Association at the request of the Icelandic Tourist Board, which has been compiling a list of accommodations available to people while in quarantine, for example, between COVID-19 screenings upon arrival to the country.

The Tourist Board received 385 responses to its inquiry regarding quarantine-ready properties, most of which were from hotels and guesthouses. At least one respondent, however, was known to own an apartment in a multiple-residence house which they rent via Airbnb. As such, the Tourist Board reached out to the Homeowner’s Association chair and Supreme Court attorney Sigurður Helgi Guðjónsson to find out what the parameters of renting such a property for the purposes of quarantine might be. Given the risks and inconvenience posed by one occupant of a building renting out a unit for quarantine purposes, Sigurður Helgi determined that the rights of the other occupants to refuse to allow a quarantine rental outstripped those of the apartment owner to rent the property.

The Directorate of Health has set conditions for what accommodations may be used for quarantine, as well as services and assistance that may be provided to those in quarantine by the renter. The fact that so many hotels and guesthouses are prepared to meet these conditions and open their properties for quarantine use says a lot about the current market, notes Elías Bj. Gíslason, the Icelandic Tourist Board’s Director of Quality and Development.

“Naturally, everyone’s just trying to save themselves right now.”

 

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