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Classetter, I have guests who bring cats and touch wood there has been no claw marks or scenting of the property, if they did scent I would charge a fair bit as cat scent is one bugger to get rid off. On the plus side had a guest with a cat who came for 2 days in September and has re-booked again for a further stay in October as she said it was a nice place and she could bring her cat with her. To some people their pets are their children and are very appreciative that they can bring their pets with them. You just need to know who you want to attract and there is not many places that accept pets.
I think pibomarco means that the owner would switch off being pet friendly, doing a deep clean and not putting it back on as pet friendly, not just switching on and off, that will solve nothing. It seems more and more people are having allergies, but then do you have to do away with the duck down duvets, get hypoallergenic pillows etc. It is your choice, you do want you want to do but I would definitely charge for pet stays and charge (state extra charge in rules) extra if they allow their pets on the beds.
Gartenhaus20, but will b.com take any notice.
Robboyd, afraid so (with booking.com) it's like pissing in the wind, no joy whatsoever.
Pibomarco, you hit the nail right on the head.
I charge 20e for the stay and they pay upon arrival. I have a form with the deposit details and price along with the tourist tax charge and the pet stay charge, all noted and the amount they have to pay on arrival. On my rules of the house page it states they must not let pets in the bedrooms or on the furniture and if they foul the house they will be charged extra cleaning (50e) and if they foul in the garden they must pick it up, if they don't they will be charged 25e. Before this I would be cutting the grass and the crap the dog left behind.
Unless you are on site/nearby or have someone who checks the guests in for you it is going to be hard. You would have to list your property for 2 guests but can accommodate 4 if required and then charge per guest, but if you are not there or have someone who can check them in you will never know. I think thats why I like airbnb as you can state pric for one guest and then add extra guests in the booking form.
As said I only have one place to rent out and I have had guest wanting to cancel 5 days before they come (ok only 2 cancellations) I have it set that I don't accept cancellations at a late time so these could be the guests that are a bit miffed with this setup. If you have travel insurance then they could make a claim on that, otherwise they just have to bare it.