We’re always present for a rental.
This is our home and place of business and the number of scams people have tried to pull on us to lie about their rental purpose and try to throw house parties, porn shoots, etc is staggering.
Just today we had a rental walk out because we were going to be present (our listing states this) and they acted so sketchy that we believe they were going to do some sort of illegal activities.
Sometimes we DO leave, but we have nine security cameras recording to both the cloud and a memory card.
After today’s weird rental, I immediately downloaded footage from two cameras and uploaded it to Peerspace…just in case.
On New Year’s eve, someone rented our space for what they claimed was a ‘film screening’, but it was a RATCHET house party. They completely lied. Someone even smoked a cigar in our place (I didn’t see that on the camera, but it stunk like cigars).
When we received noise complaints (I have no idea why I did this, but I gave them like three warnings), I had to stop the party (all of our lights are controlled by Alexa) and they first cussed us out like nobody’s business, made racist comments and when they refused to leave and told us to “go back in your little room and shut up” I triggered our Ring.com alarm via Alexa, which called the police. That was through a different rental service, but I sent that footage to the rental service, who denied them a refund. They learned a valuable lesson.
In short: unless you have a warehouse with nothing nice and you don’t care about your space, you should be present and you should have cameras running in every room. Go over the rules in person and if they refuse to listen to you or get ‘agitated’, kick their butts out.
There are a lot of great renters, but there is so much garbage out there that you owe it to yourself and your place to keep things safe.