Does any one know if there's a reason why you *must* have a landline in a rental?
When I rent places, I *never* use the landline for anything. I suspect that most of my guests would feel similarly. If someone were particularly insistent, I would probably get a phone installed and pass the cost onto them.
Stjvilla, yes, I saw those. None of them really have a definitive legal answer. There were some speculation about potential liabilities if there were no phone...but I go out of my way to tell the renters that there's no phone, that should ensure that their cell phone works, etc because it's their only way to communicate to someone. I
I've never heard of any "legal" requirement for having a land line. As long as you inform your guests that there is no phone, I see no problem. We do not have one, though we do provide wireless connectivity.
One thing I DO have in my home, in our Welcome book, is a list of all local medical facilities, On that page in BOLD letters is our Street address, should they have to call for EMS. (Something I always had posted in our home for our baby sitters, etc.)
Cell phones don't "ping" back to an address on most Emergency lines such as 411, as a land line does. but as long as your guests are aware I wouldn't expend the cost. You can always buy one of those "pay as you go" cell phones, if you're more comfortable.