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Inform, Educate & Implement

INFORMATION
When traveling to the Poconos, please be aware of all Short Term Rental Regulations, Local Laws, HOA / Community Rules.  
They exist to set guidelines for vacationers in residential communities.  * Fines are imposed for infractions.
RENTERS: Please understand these are family communities, act accordingly, as if you lived in the neighboring home. 

Ordinances & HOA Rules

 
MONROE COUNTY 
Short Term Rental *Model* Ordinance
 
TOBYHANNA TOWNSHIP
COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP​ - Short Term Rental Ordinance​: PASSED - 8/18/2020

 

Tunkhannock Township - Short Term Rental Application: PASSED 10/10/2019

Home Owners Associations (HOAs)
 
PENNSYLVANIA UNIFORM PLANNED COMMUNITY ACT
EDUCATION
Please use these resources to educate renters.  Highlight major rules & regulations in your listing, include in channel partner / website agreements and confirm in your initial communication.
OWNERS: Please integrate these resources above and below into your lease and educate your renters. 

Owner Resources

POCCNO MOUNTAIN ASSOCIATION of REALTORS - Vacation Rental Regulations Guidebook #BeAGoodNeighbor
 
LOCAL HOA ALLIANCES 

NATIONAL ALLIANCES 

CHANNEL PARTNERS & WEBSITES
  • Make potential renters aware in the Description about HOA Rules & if you require a lease (recommended).​
  • In the Main Body, include specifics like reminding renters it is a residential community, HOA Temp Membership fees, quiet hours, age requirements, no parties, pet info, parking, fireworks, garbage & recycling, etc. 
  • Highly recommend following up with a phone call to ensure compliance and ask any questions. 
AirBnB
  • Guest Resources: add your House manual to this section.  Make sure it includes township ordinance, code of conduct & HOA info.
Vrbo
  • House Rules: add your Rental Agreement & House manual to this section.  Make sure it includes township ordinance, code of conduct & HOA info.
Websites & Other Channel Partners
  • Guest Resources: add your Lease & House manual.  Make sure it includes township ordinance, code of conduct & HOA info.
TAX REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION
LEASE OPTIONS
TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • Cancel For Any Reason & Travel Insurance: https://bit.ly/PVRO-CFAR

    • Travel Insurance will cover traditional trip interruptions, sickness, death, injury, medical and more.

      • Plan Cost: 7.00% of Reservation Total (Travel Protection Plan only).

      • * NOTE: Travel & CFAR Insurance MUST be purchased within 14 days of booking and at least 30 days prior to arrival. 

    • Optional Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) is the best coverage to cancel for any reason and most of guests are getting this to cover the unknown.

      • 9.80% of Reservation Total (Travel Protection Plan with optional CFAR, in states where available). 60% reimbursement.

      • * NOTE: Travel & CFAR Insurance MUST be purchased within 14 days of booking and at least 30 days prior to arrival. 4

      • ** CFAR Benefit is NOT currently available to residents of New York, New Hampshire, or Washington.

  • More Info: https://playtravelprotection.com/ptnw/

  • Options within 30 day travel period, check out: Travel Guard: https://www.travelguard.com/travel-insurance/benefits/cancel-for-any-reason

  • * COVID-19 Travel Q&A; https://bit.ly/COVID-TI

COVID-19 Resources
PARTY PREVENTION
The Ultimate Guide to Guest Screening for Airbnb & Short-Term Rentals: https://blog.autohost.ai/resources/blog/ultimate-guide-to-guest-screening?fbclid=IwAR0xB4EjK-tGUNSmK75Cc22c0-vaZlbttzH5N3Sle3df3BGCabNm1cl5w-0
VRBO
* Airbnb and Vrbo announce partnership to address “party houses” *
AIRBNB
RENT RESPONSIBLY
SECURITY & MONITORING DEVICES
Prevent House Parties
ARTICLES
 
IMPLEMENTATION
Shifting the culture of travelers starts with the owner.  Here are some tips for successful home rentals vs. a "spring break party hotel".
Theses are our homes, our communities and our families. Act as if your family lives here! 
OWNERS & RENTERSTogether we can make it work. 
BEST PRACTICES
Important places to post regulations & ordinance info 
  1. ​Listing: Make it clear in the description and any pertinent Township, HOA or House Rules. Include a lease. 
  2. Welcome Email / Automated Response: Make sure they have all the info and documents that list Rules.  
  3. Acknowledgement: Through lease, email confirmation and/or phone call please make renters aware and acknowledge the rules. This gives them a chance to ask any clarifying questions and you have the opportunity to avoid any potential issues. 
(Checklists, renter engagement and paths to ownership to come)
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