Sharing a beach house

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Should the couple have to pay the full price for their room?
    Yes : (15 votes)
    56 %
    No : (12 votes)
    44 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    I think if you can swing it, it’d be nice to eat the cost of when they’re not there. I totally understand your logic, but as the host, it’d be ideal not to charge your friends for a room they’re not using…

    Post # 4
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    8282 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I wouldn’t make them pay full price since they won’t be there all week. Just seems fair to me. 

    Post # 6
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    8282 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @sunkissed19:  How about getting others to stay for the two nights? That way you can break even. 

    Post # 8
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    939 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Here’s my reasoning for why they should not have to pay for the whole week.  Yes, you got an extra room in the house for them. But before they arrive and after they leave, they will not be using the bathrooms or taking up space in the house.

    So I think you should charge them something in between the full amount and the amount divided by the number of days.

    (I’m not sure why finding a rental with one extra room was so expensive – but maybe there weren’t a lot of houses to choose from that meet your specifications. Did you discuss the budget for the room with them?)

    Post # 9
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    8282 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @sunkissed19:  lol.. Yeah I guess that would be sorta dumb.. good luck with your decision. 

    Post # 10
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    7193 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @sunkissed19:  If the room is for them (and it is), then they pay full share.

    @LucyLaLa:  You pay the same rent (and probably the same cleaning fee, if any) whether or not you use the 3rd bathroom all week. As far as the landlord is concerned, the 3rd couple is using their room all week.

    Post # 11
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    5192 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Yes, you are not a hotel accommodating check ins and check outs.  They should pay for the whole week or stay elsewhere.

    Post # 13
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    209 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I guess it depends – could you find someone else who would take the room for the whole week? If yes, then it’s fair to charge them the week’s price, because basically the room is available for the week and anybody wanting it has to take it on that basis, regardless of whether they use it or not. If nobody else would want the room, then I think it’s fair to charge them a bit less than the full week’s price. Also, the other thing to consider is what alternative accommodation would cost them – is the week’s price still reasonable or would an alternative be cheaper for them? It’s kind of a balancing act I think.

    Post # 15
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    6270 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    i would take the cost of the house minus what you are paying.

    then divide that by the number of days, then by the people.

    say the house costs $2000 and you are paying $1000 for 5 days.

    which comes to $200/night balance.  now on days 1-3 there are 5 guests, they split the $200 between them,

    but on days 4 and 5 there are only 3 guests.  then they split the $200 between them.

    how does that sound?

    Post # 16
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    939 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @sunkissed19:  Oh, since they had a special request I am a lot more supportive of charging them the full price. It’s different if they’ll take anything, but you’re already doing a lot to accomodate them. I suggest that you don’t discuss the splitting method with any of the people in the house, just say, “Your share of the house is $X”

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