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Responsible Renter

We encourage listers to think carefully about their accountabilities. Listing offers amusing experiences, but it comes with a certain level of promise. In addition to the Hospitality Standards, here are some ways you can be a responsible lister.

Safety:

What can I do to make my space safe for scouters?
Emergency Procedures

Contact Info:

Label local emergency numbers and the nearest hospital. Provide a clear emergency contact number for yourself, as well as backup, for easy scouter reference. Also make clear how you should be reached if the scouter has questions or issues arise.
Supplies:

Make a first aid kit readily available.

Fire Prevention:

Ensure you have a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector, and that your property meets government safety regulations for your region (e.g., International Building Code). Ensure you provide a functioning fire extinguisher and complete mandatory maintenance.

Exits:

Ensure you have a clearly marked fire escape path, and post a map in your property.
Reduce Hazards

Privacy:

Always be mindful of your scouters’ privacy. Fully make known whether there are security cameras or other surveillance equipment at or around your listing. Make sure you are aware of and conform with applicable federal, state, and local laws

Occupancy:

Establish safe occupancy limits – your local government may have guidelines.

Access:

Go through your home to identify any areas where scouters might injure themselves and either remove the hazard or mark clearly. Fix any exposed wires. Ensure stairs are safe and have railings. Remove or lock up any objects that may be hazardous to your scouters.

Neighbors

How can I be mindful of my neighbors?

Building Rules:

Ensure you relay your building’s common area rules to your scouter. You may want to even notify your neighbors that you will have scouters, and remind scouters not to bother your neighbors (e.g., don’t knock on their door or buzz them to let you in).

Parking:

Ensure you relay parking rules for your building and neighborhood to your scouter.

Noise:

Remind scouters about keeping noise down. You may want to consider whether you allow babies, pets, or parties. Develop a policy about scouters inviting other people over, and ensure your scouters are clear about your ‘party policy.’

House Rules:

To avoid surprises, you may want to include the information covered above in your House Rules in your Scoutplex listing profile.
Permissions Whom should I notify that I’m listing on Scoutplex?

Contracts:

Check your HOA or Co-Op Board regulations to make sure there is no prohibition against subletting–or any other restriction against listing. Read your lease agreement and check with your landlord if applicable.

Neighbors:
Check with your neighbors about your plans to list, along with a compromise for your scouters to make sure they don’t cause any disruption.

Subsidized Housing:

If you live in public or subsidized housing, check for rules that may apply to you. Ask the manager for more information about this.

General Regulations:

what local regulations apply to me?

Taxes:

Ensure you look up any local taxes or business license requirements that may apply. This may include things like hotel/transient occupancy tax, sales, and other turnover taxes such as Value Added Tax (VAT) or Goods and Services Tax (GST), or income tax.

Permits or Registrations:

Ensure you look up any permitting, zoning, safety, and health regulations that may apply. The governing authorities that regulate the use and development of property in your area may have useful information on such regulations.

Rent Control/Rent Stabilization:

If you live in rent controlled or stabilized housing, there may be special rules that apply to you. Contact your local Rent board to ask questions about this topic.