Airbnb is looking for someone to live rent-free in a ‘€1’ house in Sambuca for a year

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  • Airbnb is seeking applicants for a gig to stay rent-free in a renovated "€1" house in Sambuca, Italy, for a year.
  • You have to rent out at least one room on Airbnb – but you get to keep the cash.
  • Partners and kids are welcome, and South Africans are eligible.
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Airbnb is looking for someone – possibly a family – to live in the Italian region of Sambuca for a year, rent-free, in a newly-renovated house.

The catch is that you have to rent out at least one room in the house via Airbnb, but you get to keep the money you make for doing so.

South Africans are among those eligible to apply.

A winery in Sambuca di Sicilia (Photo by: Riccardo
A winery in Sambuca di Sicilia (Photo by: Riccardo Lombardo/REDA&CO/UIG via Getty Images)

The free accommodation on offer is one of Sambuca's "€1" homes, sold for a nominal sum on condition that it is renovated, as part of a scheme to lure residents to places denuded by urbanisation.

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Airbnb says the renovation of this particular townhouse has been very successful, making for a "unique Sicilian home" that "offers a stylish yet sustainable setting for remote working".

Now it is looking for an "adventurer with a passion for hospitality" to stay in it.

You have to be 18 and speak decent English, though you don't have to speak Italian; learning the language will be part of your stay. Your passport has to be valid until at least the end of the year.

You'll have to move to Sambuca by no later than 30 June, and stay there at least three months in one solid block. After that, you can get someone else to run the house for you, as long as you rent out at least one room for at least nine months via Airbnb.

The successful applicant can bring another adult, and a maximum of two children, though there are only two bedrooms (one of which must be rented out), and a third-floor living space with a queen-sized sofa bed.

Airbnb will pay for flights and airport transfers, and four cooking lessons with a local, but no other expenses, but those can be recovered if you make enough money renting out part of the house.

You can apply for the initiative here.

(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)

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