3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 18, 2011 7:02 AM by tsvr RSS

    How do you handle too many guests when contract is clear on limit?

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      My husband and I own several places which we rent out nightly (2 night minimum) near a local national park and lake.  This last year we added a lodge which sleeps up to 24 people.  On our smaller properties we have never had a problem with the crowd growing beyond the agreed upon number.  For some reason people renting our lodge continue to increase the number often without telling us or they accidentally tell us in which case we tell them no.  The reasons for the limit are number of beds, septic tank limit and frankly safety.   Of course our guest say the place is big,  the kids can sleep with parents etc.  The largest group we found out about so far was 40!   I don't want to encourage people doing this by imposing a fine plus how could I ever prove it?  I also offer that we have cabins within walking distance which they can rent to accommodate any extra guests.

       

      How do you handle this type situation? 

        • How do you handle too many guests when contract is clear on limit?
          Active Contributor

          Use double pricing and state in your Rental Agreement the price for excess guests.

           

          Price 1 if the guests are included in the rental agreement (Proper Disclosure)

          Price 2 if they bring guests unannounced (Sneaky)

           

          I have the right to evict if the number of guests are exceeded.

           

          How to find out the number of people? You would need a witness, your housekeeper, your neighbor, a friend. The other thing you might consider is to limit the energy usage to X kWH per day, if they exceeded that they pay X/kWH extra. I do this in a property overseas where electricity is $0.65/kWH vs. $0.10 in the USA. All  tenants become environmentalists after this!

          • How do you handle too many guests when contract is clear on limit?
            Active Contributor

            Hi suzy.hurt,

             

            Thought you may be interested in a couple of other threads here and here about extra guests. We also have a short article on Enforcing Maximum Occupancy.

             

            Thanks!

            Meredith

            • How do you handle too many guests when contract is clear on limit?
              Contributor

              suzy, you seem to have a way to know how many guests are staying in your home as you have expressed the number of extra adults but then you say "how could you ever prove it". If you know (have seen them or accidently been told) that there are un-paid guests staying in your home, then charge for them. It clearly states in our rental contract that we will charge for any guests that are staying at our home that are not included in the total number on the signed contract. We then take the amount from the secuity deposit.

               

              We also do this if guests do not check out on time. It states in our contract that if guests do not check out on time they will be charged for an extra day. We do not do this if they are just a few minutes past check-out but this is in our contract to discourage renters from thinking that they can hang around for a couple of hours past check-ut.