7 tips to protect yourself against wild parties: The party is over!

20/04/2021

Summary

In the current context, the drop in the number of bookings, combined with the risk of downgrades by lockdown parties, is a real threat to the entire sector.

Last year, the vacation rental media was up in arms over AirBnB's announcement to ban parties in homes offered on the platform. The platform also limited the capacity of the latter to a maximum of 16 travellers and blocked last-minute bookings by young people under 25 years of age near their main residence.

Some have chosen to transfer what they did in bars and discos to houses, sometimes rented through our platform'

Airbnb

If this decision only affects properties rented on the American platform, it remains very difficult for the players of the holiday rental industry to protect their live bookings against these lockdown parties.

'There was a lot of damage (broken jacuzzi nozzle, the house's lift pump out of order due to the throwing of various objects not adapted to the drains, which required a complete renovation and a change of the lift pump, table and lounge benches of a luxury brand damaged and irretrievable due to the spilling of liquids, marble support in a bathroom completely cracked, a lot of acidity stains on the marble floor impossible to repair etc.).'

Anonymous customer of Swikly

In the current climate, the decline in bookings coupled with the risk of damage from these illegal parties is a real threat to the whole industry. So what can you do as a host to prevent these events from taking place in your properties?

Take an interest in the tenant's profile

You will need to be extra vigilant when the tenant is a young person living near your property. Indeed, although this profile does not represent in a certain way that of a wild party organizer, the majority of the undesirable travellers correspond to it. It is not our intention to systematically discriminate against these tenants, but to insist on the following recommendations to minimize the risks.

Regularly ask for confirmation of the reason for your stay

Although partygoers will probably not tell you the real reason for their booking, your concern and insistence may discourage them if they feel discovered. Indeed, they will certainly prefer to cancel the stay for fear that their party will be compromised, in order to fall back on less informed owners.

Let your travellers know that you will be nearby during their stay

If you have several homes nearby, offer to meet your travelers at a property close to the one you are renting. If not, simply imply that you don't live very far away. This proximity will be awkward for partygoers who will be afraid of being discovered and that their event will fall flat.

Work on your general terms and conditions of sale and your rental rules

It is essential that you update your rules to emphasize the prohibitions in effect on your properties. It goes without saying that you must explicitly prohibit parties, but you must also warn travellers that noise pollution or smoking may result in the collection of their deposit. The clarity of your position is also a preventive action to avoid being selected by partygoers in their search. 

Prohibit one-night stays

This is the most effective measure you can put in place. The majority of these wild parties are indeed organized on one night for simplicity, budget, and discretion.

Use a volume detector

Due to the rise in wild parties in short term rental properties, several companies have developed connected volume detectors, which allow you to be alerted when a certain threshold is exceeded. However, it is vital to check with your OTAs to ensure that the use of these detectors is in line with their terms and conditions of sale and use. Also make sure that you only use modules that do not record sound or image. We advise you to use only detectors that are specially manufactured for this purpose, such as NoiseAware.

Request a deposit with Swikly

It is common among this type of travelers that the cashing of deposits are disputed. By requesting a deposit on Swikly, you ensure that in case of damage caused by your travelers, the cardholder who used to deposit the deposit will be cashed. Thus, you are sure to receive the funds in case of damage, without having to deal with the recovery of funds.

To reinforce our commitment against these irresponsible practices in the current health context, we propose a special offer for all owners of rental accommodation: By registering with the promo code BAMBOCHE,In case of damage, you will benefit from 3 free deposit requests. In the event of damage, and if you ask for the total or partial cashing of the deposit within 96 hours after the deposit, this amount will be guaranteed according to our general conditions of sale. Ideal to protect you from illegal parties that could take place in your accommodation.

Octave PAVIET-SALOMON

Octave PAVIET-SALOMON

Marketing & Communication Manager for Swikly. I regularly write educational and informative articles and documents for rental professionals.

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