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Host your Drr Responsibly

June 11, 2018 by drradmin

Becoming a Daily Room Rentals Host can be a rewarding and profitable experience.   It is important when taking on this commitment that you know what your responsibilities are.

Safety  

Safety is extremely important for both the renter and the traveler.   Updated security systems and evacuation plans are important features of the home safety. Proper locks and updated keys can assist you with keeping guests safe.   Communicating the safety rules with your guests and any safety issues in regards to the neighborhood will assist guests with being aware and alert, giving them time to take precautions if necessary.

Emergency Procedures

Communicate all emergency procedures with guests verbally and in writing.   It’s always a good idea to post all emergency procedures in a visible area as a reminder.

Contact Info:

Indicate local emergency numbers and the nearest hospital. Provide emergency contact numbers for yourself and backup for your guest. Also make clear how you should be contacted if the guest has questions or issues arise.  Some hosts provide 24 hour vendor lists in case there are any issues with plumbing, electric, etc.

Supplies:

Make a first aid kit easily available.  Make sure all supplies that guests may utilize during their stay are easily accessible.

Fire Prevention:

Ensure you have a functioning smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector and that your property meets government safety guidelines for your area (e.g., International Building Code). Ensure you provide a functioning fire extinguisher and complete required maintenance.

Exits:

Post a map in your home and drr rooms which will clearly indicate exits.   Visibly post evacuation procedure.

Minimize Hazards

Privacy:

Always be mindful of your guests’ privacy. Fully disclose whether there are security cameras or other surveillance equipment at or around your listing. Make sure you are aware of and comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Occupancy:

Establish safe occupancy limits – your local government may have guidelines.

Access:

Go through your home and drr rooms to identify any areas where guests may trip or fall and remove the hazard.  Ensure stairs are safe and have railings. Remove or lock up any objects that may be dangerous to your guests, especially children.  No exposed wires or candles.

Child-Proofing:

Ensure your home is safe for children, or else notify guests of potential hazards.

Climate: Ensure your home has temperature control.  Some guests may have medical conditions, so proper ventilation is a must.    Ensure guests have proper instructions on how to safely use the heater and air conditioner.

Building Rules:

Ensure you relay your building’s common area rules to your guests. You may want to even notify your neighbors that you will have guests, and remind guests not to bother your neighbors (e.g., don’t knock on their door or buzz them to let you in).  Remind guests not to bother other drr guests that may be sharing the space. Respect and Consideration will go a long way for the hosts, guests, neighbors, and everyone involved.

Smoking:

If you don’t allow smoking, we suggest posting signs to remind guests. If you do allow smoking, ensure you have ash trays available in designated areas.

Parking:

Make sure your guests are aware of the building and neighborhood parking rules.

Noise:

Remind guests about keeping noise down. You may want to consider whether you allow babies, pets, or parties. Develop a policy about guests inviting other people over, and ensure your guests are clear about your ‘party policy.’  In many states, there are stiff fines and penalties as severe as Jail time to renters that allow house parties.

Pets:

If you allow pets, ensure guests are educated about things like local parks and local customs (e.g., cleaning up after your dog). Have a backup plan in case a guest’s pet upsets the neighbors (such as the number of a nearby pet hotel).  Making the renters provide proof that the allowed pets have up to date shots is an important safety procedure.

House Rules:

It might be a good idea to include the information covered above in your House Rules in your Daily Room Rentals listing.

Contracts:

Check your HOA or Co-Op Board regulations to make sure there is no prohibition against subletting–or any other restriction against hosting. Read your lease agreement and check with your landlord if applicable. You may consider adding a rider to your contract that addresses the concerns of these parties and outlines the responsibilities and liabilities of all parties.

Roommates:

If you have roommates, consider a roommate agreement in writing which outlines things like how often you plan to host, how you’ll ensure guests follow House Rules, and even whether you’ll share revenue if that makes sense for you.

Neighbors:

Be considerate of your neighbors.   Whether or not you should notify your neighbors is a decision that is totally up to you.   It is your responsibility to enforce your house rules and make sure your guests are respectful and not disruptive.

Subsidized Housing:

If you live in public or subsidized housing, there may be special rules that apply to you. The manager of the property may be able to answer questions about this.

General Regulations

Taxes:

Ensure you look up any local taxes or business license requirements that may apply. This may include things like hotel/transient occupancy tax, sales tax, and other turnover taxes such as Value Added Tax (VAT), Goods and Services Tax (GST), or income tax.

Permits or Registrations:

Ensure you look up any permitting, zoning, safety, and health regulations that may apply. The governing authorities that regulate the use and development of property in your area may have useful information on such regulations.

Rent Control/Rent Stabilization:

If you live in rent controlled or stabilized housing, there may be special rules that apply to you. Contact your local Rent board to ask questions about this topic.

Taxes:

Taxes can be complicated, and you should take time to understand the rules as they apply to you and your particular situation.

Daily Room Rentals is not responsible for any tax or other advice provided by any outside entity.

Host Guarantee:

Daily Room Rentals offers you our host guarantee, but note, this does not take the place of homeowners or renters insurance.

Basic Coverage:

Review your renters or homeowners policy with your insurance carrier to make sure you have adequate coverage.

Liability:

Ensure you have adequate liability coverage as well as property protection.

* Please note that Daily Room Rentals has no control over the conduct of Hosts and disclaims all liability. Failure of Hosts to satisfy their responsibilities may result in suspension of activity or removal from the Daily Room Rentals website.