It’s not every day you see a man who makes a living by renting out his Airbnb property for as little as $2.25 a night, but that’s exactly what one man in Australia did.
On Friday night, Jason Lee, an Australian resident of New South Wales, was renting out an apartment in the Melbourne suburb of Seascape, in an apartment he called “a living hell.”
“The price was right and I was going to pay the rent,” Lee told ABC News, referring to his price.
“I’d have to pay another $300 to move in.
I was just looking for a place to live.”
It wasn’t until a few hours later, when he got a call from a real estate agent, that Lee was able to save his $2 million.
The agent told him his apartment was “very affordable” but the room was only “a fraction of what I’m paying now,” Lee said.
He also said that he’d paid the $300 deposit, but the realtor didn’t think he would be able to get it back.
The Airbnb deal came at the end of a week that has seen thousands of people rent out their homes to share accommodation with guests.
In a bid to help them, Airbnb has offered to reimburse hosts and other guests for the $2 per night they pay for a single night.
The company is also offering a “permit to share” program, which allows hosts to give a guest a share of the rent they paid.
The program has already helped some hosts.
Last week, a man in California who was living in a luxury hotel and hotel room in San Diego, paid $9,200 for a year’s rent.
Airbnb also said it was in talks with hotels across the United States to offer similar programs.
Lee said that for him, the Airbnb deal was a dream come true.
“It’s amazing what can be accomplished when you share a home with a person and they know exactly what they are doing,” Lee wrote on his blog.
“They are not just going to tell you what you can and can’t do, but actually are going to make it possible for you to live a life that you can’t imagine.”
“I’m just really thankful for Airbnb and the company and the opportunity to be able share with these people and help them make their dream a reality.”