"Vacation Rental Rules: Why Breaking Them Is a Costly Mistake for Guests"

26 Jun 2023    Catgeory1

"Vacation Rental Rules: Why Breaking Them Is a Costly Mistake for Guests"


Welcome, dear guests! It's great to have you all here today. As we embark on this wonderful vacation rental experience together, I'd like to take a moment to shed some light on an important topic: the significance of following house rules and guidelines. You see, some guests tend to interpret these rules as mere suggestions of conduct, but in reality, they hold much more weight than that.


As homeowners and managers, it can be incredibly frustrating when renters break the very rules they agreed to in the rental contract. The rules and regulations outlined in the contract are not meant to be tampered with or overlooked once you arrive at the property. They are put in place to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.


Let's consider an example to illustrate this point. Imagine you have a furry friend, a big dog, and the owners of the vacation rental have specified that all dogs must be approved before arrival. Now, even if the rental is labeled as pet-friendly, it doesn't give you a free pass to bring your dog without prior approval. Furthermore, if the owner has set restrictions on certain breeds or sizes, it's crucial to abide by those guidelines. Larger dogs may pose challenges in certain properties, so respecting these rules is essential. Failure to do so could result in the homeowner asking you to leave, and unfortunately, you won't be eligible for a refund since you violated the agreed-upon house rules.


You may find it astonishing, but there have been cases where a guest brought a dog that was claimed to be well-behaved, only to have it wreak havoc within the rental property. This misbehaving canine chewed up the bedroom door, damaged the baseboards, floor, and even the walls. The cost of repairs exceeded $4,500, and needless to say, this incident left a negative impression on the homeowner and resulted in a scathing review for the dog owner. It's important to emphasize that such behavior is not acceptable, just like scolding an ill-behaved dog.


Remember, once you've agreed to the house rules, they shouldn't be altered to suit your personal preferences or the needs of your family once you arrive. Unfortunately, we've been noticing a concerning trend, with approximately 20% of guests attempting to change or disregard the rules after booking. This has become a significant problem for homeowners and managers alike.


Another common violation of vacation house rules occurs when guests bring more people than the rental contract allows, disregarding both the rules and local laws. Given the rising popularity of vacation rentals, cities, towns, and communities have been actively implementing legislation to curb illegal house parties, which are also prohibited by owners and managers. To prevent such gatherings, it is essential to strictly enforce the maximum number of guests permitted in any given vacation rental.


Regrettably, there are some renters who believe that babies don't count towards the occupancy limit. However, it's crucial to clarify that according to the law, everyone counts, regardless of their age. The headcount is used to determine the number of guests, not their individual ages. So, if you're tempted to bring more guests than what the law allows, please bear in mind that even platforms like Airbnb are encouraging vacation rental neighbors to report such violations. It's not some secret surveillance system outing rule-breakers; it's usually concerned neighbors who are invested in maintaining a quiet and safe living environment.


In conclusion, let's make this vacation rental experience a truly enjoyable and respectful one for everyone involved. Remember, rules are not meant to be broken, even when you're on vacation. By adhering to the house rules and guidelines set forth by the homeowners and managers, we can create a harmonious environment and ensure that future guests can also enjoy their stay to the fullest. Thank you for your attention, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need clarification regarding the house rules. Our goal is to provide you with a pleasant and memorable vacation, and following these guidelines is a crucial part of that.


If you have any concerns or special circumstances that you believe might warrant an exception to the rules, we kindly ask you to communicate with us beforehand. We understand that sometimes situations arise that require flexibility, and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs within reason.


Let's all work together to ensure a positive experience for everyone involved. By respecting the house rules, we contribute to the overall harmony of the vacation rental community and help maintain the trust and goodwill between guests, homeowners, and managers.


Once again, thank you for your attention, and we hope you have a fantastic stay in our vacation rental. Let's make lasting memories while also being mindful of the rules and regulations that contribute to a wonderful and enjoyable experience for all.






Liz Kohout – Owner and Manager of Florida Keys Villas.com



Florida Keys Villas.com

619 Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon Florida 33050