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Abiding By The Rules Of Your Vacation Villa
Renting a villa is far preferable to cramming a whole family into
one hotel room - more space, much more comfort, a real home from home.
But villas by their very nature are part of real communities, especially
those on mixed residency estates where your short term rental vacation
rental may well be next door to an American who works at Disney, proudly
displaying his stars and stripes outside of his home. I use that word
advisedly for whereas it may be your holiday home, it is where he
Whilst not by any means advocating regimentation of the villa renters
stay (it is meant to be a holiday, for heaven's sake), it can help all
concerned if the renter can try and abide by the rules of his villa.
These rules are set by the owners and their management companies, by
the homeowners of the estates and by state and county law. Some of the
rules only apply to short term rental villas and not to real American
homes which can sometimes lead to confusion.
The rules will vary from villa to villa, from estate to estate, and
the renter will be informed of the applicable ones by the villa owner or
his management company.
The rules set by the owners often concern the safety and comfort of
the renter. For example, pool regulations. Typical ones are no jumping,
no diving, no unaccompanied children, no glass ware in the pool area.
Houses with a Jacuzzi spa may have more regulations governing the minimum
age of users and the maximum time of use.
Rules set by Homeowners Associations in general are intended to keep
up standards on the estates and to preserve a good relationship between
rental homes and the local residents. Examples of these may be not to
use the pool very early in the morning and late at night. Because of the
time difference, UK renters are up very early in the morning during the
first few days of their holiday, often before 7 am when the American
next door neighbour is still in bed. They will also come back from the
parks very late and may fancy a dip. Check on your homes regulations on
this. If you must do it, please try not to make too much noise. The same
applies to playing loud music in the pool area in the daytime.
Some estates also insist that vehicles are parked off the road,
preferably in the garage and that the garage doors are kept shut.
It is worth fitting in with your US neighbours as a happy neighbour can
be a source of a wealth of insider information about what is going on in
Orlando, can help sort out any problems and can make you feel like you
are really part of America during your stay rather than a mere onlooker.
The final rules to consider are state and county legislation. These
should be displayed on the wall of your villa. An example of these would
be the strict garbage disposal code imposed in some counties which state
that all garbage must be placed in a sealed garbage can and prohibits
putting rubbish out in plastic bags. This is to prevent littering as if
a bag bursts, no-one is on hand to pick the debris up.
If you can abide by the rules of your villa, it will not only make
you more popular with your neighbours but will also be a big help for
the owner of your villa. I am not saying that the renter, who is after
all there to enjoy himself, should become obsessed by rules and
regulations, just bear them (and the reasons behind them) generally in
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