I have no problem with guests doing laundry if they’re staying longer than one week, but I state in my listing that this is limited to 1 load a week. I got an inquiry from a guest who says she’d have lots of dirty laundry and would need to do laundry several times a week to clean her work uniforms.
This is for a 3 month booking, so I can only imagine how much that would raise my utility bills during the peak of summer when we already have high rates due to a drought (not to mention the wear and tear on my machines from 90 loads). I told her I would charge $5 for additional loads over 2 per week and modified the listing to say this, but since this fee wasn’t in the listing at the time of her inquiry, is it enforceable (I haven’t pre-approved her yet)? The limit of one load was already in the listing. I know a lot of hosts charge for laundry, but does anyone limit doing laundry to times of day outside of peak rates? How do you enforce laundry fees without a coin-operated laundry—is it on an honor system with a box to collect cash in the laundry room?
Also, these are a brand new high-end washer/dryer and it sounds like she wants to do more laundry in 3 months than I do in a year. Even with the $5 charge, should I worry about the excessive amount of laundry potentially shortening the life of my machines?