I want feedback from other owners, this is my story...
I've been renting my Cape Cod home for 5 yrs, so, I'm a fairly seasoned at renting. I have to say, I've had 4 good/great years up until last year. Last year I rented to this person who was incapable of following process, he sent deposits to the wrong locations, they were also late. Then a storm was approaching during the week that he secured and he called me numerous times wanting a refund prior to the storm even hitting. I pointed out while discussing/debating with him that my storm cancellation policy is clearly stated in the contract and that the storm was hitting on a Sun and he was arriving on a Sat. He had the option to arrive after the storm or early and ride it out - I warned him that it would be uncomfortable should the power go out and left extra flashlights, batteries and a radio. His argument was that the roads may close while he's in transit which is total BS, he was clearly looking to stay at my home at a reduced rate. To top it all off when he left the place was a mess!...It too me 3+ hrs to clean it when the norm is 1.5. I have other issues I could site but I think you get the picture. I never said anything to him last year as I just wanted him out. So, last week I receive an inquiry from this guy. I'm wondering how to respond? I want to be blunt and just say "I have no interest in further business with you given my unpleasant experience last year" and call it a day. My wife thinks I should create an excuse but knowing this guy he will continue to hound me. He is very pushy and I just don't want to deal with him. Thoughts?? Thanks for any advice.
This is easy. Just tell him that that unfortunately the property isn't available for him to rent.You don't have to give him a reason. I would be nice and wish him good luck in his search. Remember, he still has the capability to leave a review on your property from the last stay (if he hasn't already and the last thing you want to do is make him mad. There is no need to bring anything up from last year. If he continues to hound you, block his email and don't answer your phone. He will move on. Keep us posted!
We agree with sophie. The less you engage with this person the better. If he's asked for a specific date, just say, sorry, it's not available and as sophie says, wish him well. Be polite but brief with no explanations and he will move on. If he continues to email you after you have said no, just don't respond.