Prom season is coming! And yes, many of these high schoolers are looking for vacation rental homes to have their after-prom parties.
As a vacation rental owner, these are most likely not the renters that you want in your property. You have to assume that most of the after-prom crowd will be around 18 years old, underage drinking is very likely and the possibility of property damage and other problems is quite high. Is this a risk you’re willing to take?
So, how do you protect yourself and your property?
- Screen your guests
Ask them why they’re coming, what event they’re celebrating, etc. Be on the look out for evasive answers.
- Set a minimum age for renters
If you do not yet have a minimum age for renting, then we strongly suggest that you stop reading this and add one to your listing immediately. In our experience, we have found that 25 is the right age for our properties, but this is definitely not a one size fits all approach. It varies a lot based on your location, past experiences, etc.
- Add a clause to your rental agreement that prohibits third-party bookings
You don’t really want that “great” parent booking your home for their kid. Add a clause to your rental agreement that expressly prohibits booking for other people.
- Look up renters on social media
If you have questions about a renter, Google their email or look up their Facebook profile. Find out if they are a professional and have a profile on LinkedIn. These can all help to better verify who you are renting too.