Unless we’re doing an exchange, we always rent our home when we travel for more than a week or so, and we usually firm up a rental agreement at least 4-6 weeks before we leave. But last year, we could find a tenant only for the first month of our two-month stay in New York. Panic! Anxiety! [Read more…] about What, No Tenant?!!
If you’re a short-term rental host, you’re likely to face the Pet Dilemma: whether to let guests bring their pets. Lots of people travel with their “very well-behaved” dogs (and sometimes, other pets). These special animals would never sleep on the furniture or relieve themselves on the carpet, and they have only the softest bark so as not to disturb the neighbors. Right.
The issue of whether to allow pets in your short-term rental might be moot: you might have pet allergies, live in a building where pets are not allowed—or maybe you just don’t like animals. Otherwise, you’ll have to decide whether the risks are worth the benefit of making your home more attractive to a larger group of potential guests.
Consider these strategies to increase your confidence and avoid problems when you let guests bring their pets. [Read more…] about The Pet Dilemma: Allow Pets in Your Short-Term Rental?
The last thing you want to worry about in planning a vacation is running afoul of the law. Unfortunately, no single set of rules applies to all short-term rentals. The federal government expects to collect any applicable taxes, but other than that, laws governing short-term rentals and house-swaps are enforced locally. For this reason, it’s important to research any state and city laws that may apply to you. [Read more…] about Rules, Laws, and Regulations