btenny wrote:Split the difference and suggest $25 since it is low COL country so you don't make a fuss with VRBO. Then next time make sure you know if the cleaning and how much cleaning is part of the rental.
Were the dishes/vacuuming my responsibility?
runnergirl wrote:Thanks for all the replies. I looked at the rental contract and the only thing it says regarding cleaning is:
Cleaning once a week is provided. Daily maid service can be provided for an additional fee. We encourage guests to tip the cleaning staff. A dollar per visit is a guideline.
We did not opt for the daily maid service. We tipped a LOT more than the recommended. We were not told by anyone that we had to vacuum, do dishes, take out trash. We would have gladly done it. Lesson learned. This is our first time with VRBO.
I am leaning towards offering half.
runnergirl wrote:I recently went on vacation and rented a condo through VRBO. At the end of the stay, we left some dirty dishes (no dish washer in the place), garbage in the bin (no cover on the trashcan, not made aware of any garbage chute), and some crumbs on the floor and surfaces. We left no spills, stains, or anything difficult to clean up. Nothing was broken or damaged. Having mostly stayed in hotels, I was not aware that I had to clean the place before we left. I knew there would be cleaners in because they left an envelope for tips, which we gave (they did not clean while we were there).
Now the landlord wants to withhold $50 out of a $200 deposit for extra cleaning expenses. He is leaving it up to us to decide whether or not the $50 should be withheld. He will give it all back if we insist, but clearly feels that we owe it to him. I also feel $50 is too much as the place wasn't that large and it is in a country where the cost of living is less than in the US.
What should I do? Were the dishes/vacuuming my responsibility?
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