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Extra Cleaning Charges for Vacation Rental Property?

January 2, 2017

I take care of vacation rentals (clean/manage). The renters have to sign a rental agreement/contract in which they agree to leave the rental in the same condition that they have found it upon arrival. They have also paid a required cleaning fee for general cleaning ie; stripping and making beds, laundering all bed linens and towels, wiping all surfaces in kitchen and bathrooms, sweeping, vacumning and moping of all floors. What is not included in this general cleaning and is the responsibility of the renter is the removal of all trash, all food, washing of all used dishes (leaving the dishwasher running is OK) and putting any furniture back if moved. If this is not met it would be considered excessive cleaning and you will be charged accordingly.

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So my question is if in the event that a renter leaves the place a mess and it is found that there is vomit and or feces and or blood on walls, floors, beds, etc., all the bathroom trash cans full with used sanitary products as well as other yukky things that you would find in bathroom trash. What would you consider a reasonable fee? Or should there be an extra charge based on what the rental agreement/contract that they have signed states? I am very confused on the proper protocol to follow.

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January 2, 20171 found this helpful
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I would do it just as I do my rental property. Take it as a deposit beforehand. If it passes, refund it. If not, keep it or prorate it. However, you will need to have it in your contract what the fees are--such as $5 per trash can to empty, $10 for dirty dishes left out, $50 for having to wash curtains, walls or trim work, $100 to clean carpets.

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If it is very bad, take photos before cleaning in the event they dispute it with their credit card company.

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January 2, 20171 found this helpful

The best way to handle this is to collect the fee beforehand and then to refund it upon a thorough inspection of the room. Once the occupants leave it's harder to collect.

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January 2, 20171 found this helpful

I agree-require a large cleaning fee at first and then refund a set amount to refund if the places are completely clean. The refund will be credited after the places are inspected. If there is ANY PROBLEM, no refund at all! Put this specifically in the rental agreement and make sure people read and sign!

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Some people are such losers that they make life more difficult for all!!!

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January 3, 20171 found this helpful

I think the incident that was described must be used as your model. What could have been done to prevent loss... "better late than never". I do think that a menu of charges will help, trash 10.00, dishes 10.00, etc.

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January 3, 20171 found this helpful

A charge for normal cleaning plus a refundable charge for excessive dirt/damage to the unit. Also explain to the renters face to face or at least by phone what some of the excessive misuses are, so they have no excuses if they do those things.

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January 3, 20171 found this helpful

How are your rental prices in comparison to others in your area? Is it feasible to raise the base rental price to compensate for the extra cleaning needed?

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Are the expectations of "leaving as found" outlined in the contract? Can you leave a checklist for the renter to physically Mark off what they need to do? Something like "We hope you enjoyed your stay and found everything exemplary. In order to avoid additional charges (or not getting a refund of your deposit) here is a checklist for your convenience." And then list each thing that needs to be done including:
"Check under beds for your belongings"
Then have a list of things they Don't need to do, such as:
"It is not necessary for you to make the beds"
Good luck. It would just be simpler if everyone was responsible and respectful.

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January 5, 20170 found this helpful

Looks like you have really gotten some great advice/ideas!

I have rented vacation homes in the past (when grandchildren wanted to stay at the beach) but that was in simpler times.

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You have to state everything down to the nuts and bolts almost.

Maybe you could get some ideas from these sites:
www.luxuryvacationrentalcompany.com/terms-conditions.asp

This link is a PDF (but it is safe if you want to check it:

www.lesliesvacationrentals.com/.../samplelease.pdf

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