Guests arrived yesterday (1st time Airbnbers) - smoking anywhere on the property, inside or out, is banned in my listing. Yesterday evening I saw one of them vaping in the garden. I'm unsure how to handle this, since my rules don't say anything about vaping! They seem nice but I've already had to tell them off for throwing their leftover sandwiches into my part of the garden for the chickens to find (illegal and dumb!).
@Kathie I would not worry too much about vaping in the garden, but don't allow it in the house. As an ex smoker myself, I have the occasional puff on an e-cigarette, and like vaping, it only produces a clear vapour which does not smell or cause offence. However, if it does upset you, ask them to do it outside the garden boundary. You could add it to your house rules as well.
The sandwiches are a far bigger problem as they could attract rats, so I suppose you could also add a "Do not feed the chickens" rule as well.
@Kathie they obviosly haven't read or don't care about your house rules. You can send them again politely saying that maybe they missed them and see how it goes. To be honest, I am pretty sure that a not so good review is coming from them since they don't know the concept of Airbnb and have no respect for your home. They probably think they'll get treated like in a hotel.
@Kathie so this is a learning experience. You can now add these things to your house rules. I ajust my house rules all the time because there is always another guest to show you another way to disrespect your home.
I dont know about you but for me it is pure common sense. If I were a smoker at a unfamiliar home/environment, I would politely ask if I could smoke. The same goes to the animals feeding, you would think an adult would know better as to not to feed them without the owners approval.
However, there are some very very stupid people who need to be told how to behave. So, please think of all those details that might bother you and put them high and clear in your house rules.
Elizabeth and Ana (sorry, you don't appear in the tag possibilities),- vaping or using an e-cigarette is not smoking! It simply produces water vapor. It is in no way disrespectful for a guest to do this, unless a host has specifically mentioned not doing so in their house rules.
As with a lot of these brand new harmless encounters with guests, best to make light of them with the existing guests, and when they leave run to your description (or house rules) and add them. The not-feeding of the chickens should be mentioned during walkthrough, in order to not create too much of a 'Don't Do This & That' house rule set.
Hospitality includes being accomodating of differences and unexpected behavior, not always a test of will at every junction.
@Kathie Since your rules do not specifically mention vaping, if they are not staying too much longer, I would let it go and take it as a learning experience. I would add that in your rules specifically going forward.
@Kathie Vaping is pretty harmless, as long as they're only doing it outside. I would let it go and change your rules.
For the chicken thing, I would just mention to them casually in passing and remember to mention it to future guests.
If you forget things in your house rules, it will inevitably be drawn to your attention by guests who do dumb things!
Thanks all. I don't allow smoking in the garden because I figure smokers will smoke inside if it's raining/they don't feel like going outside, but I guess vapers are at least trying to give up. She may be vaping inside though, as its a separate unit I wouldn't know. But they're only here 3 nights so I'll just let it go. I already told them not to feed the chickens because I saw them run for the sandwiches and I went and took them off them, then realised the guests were sitting in the garden and saw me, so I had to say something!
I really don't like having to have long lists of rules - can't I just specify 'sensible guests only' in my listing lol.
Sadly where legal they will most likely be vaping canabis which leaves a terrible stench. In a family neighborhood it doesn't go down so well. I believe it is also not legal in public spaces or hotels.
Well, I just encountered my first guest that blatantly ignored my no smoking policy as listed in the ad. Is there any type of vape detector so I can ask guests to leave if they are doing that? I am not always on the property and I do not want to come home to this again. The smell is not very strong but my future guests deserve a place that is free of the chemicals that are in that stuff.
@Kathie We have a No Smoking policy. We would be entirely happy to ban smoking completely from our house and grounds. Being reasonable, we allow smoking outside.
Unfortunately, we feel that giving that permission to smoke outside provides a stepping stone for smokers to then smoke inside. We don't mind guests smoking outside but we hate clearing up their debris. In that respect they are just filthy litter louts who are just disrespectful.
In regard to your vaping guest... at least you shouldn't have to clear up their litter.
@Charlie I've not heard of a vaping detector, but smoking detectors exist and I'll be investigating those further along with CCTV to collect evidence to provide to AirBnb should we need to back up any claims.