We are all afraid of taking monies from a guest's Refundable Damage Deposit resulting in a bad review so we suck it up. This is not my idea, wish it was, I think it could be brilliant. I am considering this in my Agreement.
My cabin is 3 bedroom 4 bath and I had my damage deposit at $350.00. I have only had to deduct 3 times in 6 years but there were times I wish I had the cojones and would have deducted. My guest overall have been very respectful of my cabin. I think lowering my deposit and adding the non refundable property damage Protection fee of $69.00 and putting into a pot for the time I may need it may alleviate my concern "do I deduct or don't I deduct". I will say I hate confrontations.
DEPOSIT/FEE A refundable security deposit of $175.00 required and held by VRBO until inspection of the cabin post departure. A non-refundable property damage protection fee of $69.00 is required to cover up to $1200.00 in damage to the cabin/contents over the initial $175.00 refundable security deposit. The deposit and property damage protection fee are NOT applied to the rent. The $175.00 security deposit will be returned approximately 3-5 days after departure (depending on your credit card company) providing the following provisions are met:
a. No damage is done to the cabin, its contents, or the premises.
b. Excessive dirtiness results in a $50.00/hour extra clean time with pictures provided.
c. No bedding, towels, or décor are damaged or missing.
d. No furniture or décor have been moved.
e. Check-out instructions are followed (found on page 3).
f. No illegal drugs, fireworks or firearms are allowed on the property. Possession or evidence of these items will lead to full loss of deposit and possible eviction from cabin.
g. No pets: We love our pets, but cannot allow them due to cleanliness, and guests with pet allergies. Evidence of pets (including, but not limited to pet hair, smell, etc.) will result in forfeiture of full $175.00 security deposit.
h. No smoking of any kind: Please do NOT throw butts or other smoking paraphernalia in the woods, driveway, or decks. Sand buckets are provided on the decks. Evidence of smoking in the cabin will result in forfeiture of full $175.00 security deposit.
i. No more than the maximum of 8 guests. Evidence of more than eight will result in forfeiture of full $175.00 security deposit.
Need some pros and cons of this.What do you all think???
BTW: The Property Damage Protection would be added in VRBO fee as a Property Fee