Recently this has been happening more and more at one of my listings.
My guest who just checked out yesterday booked for 3 people. When I went over to the house on check-out day to work in the garden (bi-monthly weeding and mulching etc), I met 5 people staying at the house.
While they were all very nice, it was extremely frustrating to get the run-around with sneaky guests.
My listing includes up to 4 guests. Additional guests are $30/night.
My question is this: I am thinking of making a House Rule that unannounced extra guests will be charged double the extra person fee. In other words, if a guest doesn’t mention that extra people will be staying, and I find out later, I will make a claim of $60/night/guest against the security deposit.
Has anyone else tried this? What other methods do you have for discouraging sneaky behavior?
(I do not live at the listing, but I occasionally drop by to put the trash cans out etc, so I rarely meet my guests unless there are obvious red flags).