I was reading the thread about what items get stolen most often and I thought a good idea could be to leave an inventory list and the charge in case they go missing or get permanently damaged.
I rented a temp. furnished place once (through a real estate agent) and the contract had an appendix listing what exactly was available in the house when I checked in and the agent made me check everything when entering the place. I think it could be a great way to discourage theft.
Where I live there is a ban on imports and some stuff are extraordinarily expensive compared to US or EU, so I don’t want my guests to feel overcharged, but rather make them aware of this. Also, finding a “surprise” could also impact the next guest stay (I.e. If they break the air-con remote and don’t tell), so I was thinking to put a surcharge in case the guests won’t tell about the damage.
Also, do you think that this kind of petty crime happens necessarily in lower priced properties, where budget travelers are likely to stay?