Yeah something like this will be good. Most people are quick to forgive and take your side when you “fall on your sword”. Darn good idea. Find a way to “blame the 3rd party” (insurance, host policy with Air - whatever you need). Be seen as sympathetic and understanding.
Obviously the original poster has a specific circumstance for his property that makes it difficult to host more than one person in the room. I on the other hand run a two bedroom apartment that can sleep up to four, a couple in one room and two singles in the other, and I charge the same no matter how many people turned up, up to four. But if a couple has a baby making it five I won’t charge anymore
I did toy with the idea of changing for more than two people but it would have been very hard to enforce so I didn’t bother. I always leave enough toiletries and towels for four people anyway
We do not charge for extra people. We have 2 guest bedrooms, each with a queen bed.
1 to 4 people same price. Since we are remote we do not know for a fact how many people have stayed and find it too much of a hassle to litigate after the fact an extra charge for the second bedroom, let alone a second person in the same room.
But each place and host are different.
I’m sure you have a good reason for this, and I’d be curious to know what it is.
I host one private room in my home, for solo guests only, but that’s because the room only fits a single bed comfortably.
Although after only hosting solo guests, I think that would always be my choice, unless were to completely change my hosting model, say if I had a different house with a separate studio.
I find solo travelers to be really easy to host, as they seem to be self-sufficient, respectful non-complainers. And they are friendly and appropriately sociable, which puts me at ease as a home-share host. I would find it uncomfortable to have a couple who just related to each other, and acted as if I were just part of the furniture, as I have read posts from hosts who’ve experienced that sort of scenario.