I have been tweaking my wording on my listing to make it clear that I don’t get any smokers. I live in the house and am very sensitive to smoke, so I don’t even want to host people who smoke outside because the smell on their clothing can make me sick. I have it written 3 times in my listing that smokers should not book and I will decline your request or cancel your booking if I find out you’re a smoker, and will claim your security deposit for the extra cleaning required. I thought putting it so many times was overkill, but this week I had a guest arrive and he reeked of smoke when he walked in the door. I was taken aback and didn’t know if I should cancel the reservation and not let him in the house. Since it was late and cold out, I let him in.
I realize most people don’t read the full listing, but I put it in the first paragraph and the house rules, so I thought they’d at least see it that way. What else can I do to ensure this doesn’t happen again to me? I used to ask people if they smoke in my initial communication before accepting a booking, but don’t do that anymore since the last time I did it the guest lied to me and then smoked while here. Should I put a no smoking/no smokers picture in my listing with the assumption that most guests will at least see the pictures?