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I'm about to start renting a place in Florida.
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.
There have been a couple of discussions of this topic. Here's one: http://community.homeaway.com/message/7784#7784
If you have more questions or input, please feel free to add.
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.
I've never heard of a legal requirement to provide a landline. But if you're going to have one for emergency situations, then make sure that at least one phone in the house is not cordless and can thus operate when the electricity is down.
My home is inspected by the city every five years as part of my transient rental license. You must have a landline or no permit. Permits are renewed each year and the city has a long list of requirements. Basically, you home has to be up to code with extinguishers, smoke/carbon monoxide detectors..etc..... It can be a pain but, I understand the safety aspect of the requirement.