"Tina":"Everyone has their own prerogative to be particular about their personal living space. Acknowledging that fact, I also believe that one who opens his or her home to strangers should be prepared to either put some of those personal preferences aside OR explicitly share those preferences with his or her guests. In every rental property I’ve ever stayed in (and there have certainly been countless at this point), the host has graciously provided a list of house rules, check-in and check-out procedures, tips about utilizing amenities (including WiFi passwords when applicable), and even suggestions for local restaurants, shops, and sites."
(MB) This is a great practice for those who aren’t personally there to greet their guests, as in a Whole Home Rental. Therefore, since I live in the property, and since I am a very communicative person, I like to personally greet my guests, interact with them and allow them to ask me any questions about the neighborhood, attractions, eateries, etc… Otherwise, how impersonal would it be if my guest checked in and I handed them a piece of paper and walked away?
"Tina": If you choose to book a room in this home, the amenities supposedly provided are not done so without stipulation. The first night, the homeowner showed me the laundry room and pointed out the detergent.
(MB) You call yourself a writer. Don’t be so hell bent on ‘slamming’ me, that you allow untruths to guide your ‘narrative’. THIS is incorrect. I was merely showing you the lay of the land, showing you around. I also showed you my fridge, which had food in it – does that mean you could help yourself to it, just because I showed you? Indeed NOT. I was CLEAR when I said to you that the laundry and kitchen are normally not requested, on short stays. But…since your ‘friend, Tina’ is on a special diet and asked could she – I approved her request to use THE KITCHEN, NOT the laundry. Communication is my STRONG suit and I do NOT mince words. So, I absolutely said what I meant! CLEARLY, you heard what you wanted to hear.
"Tina": When my friends’ luggage was lost and not found until 2 1/2 days into our stay, we took modest advantage of the washer and dryer. When we had started a second load of laundry, the homeowner accosted us with a passive aggressive tone, “wondering why you’re doing a second load of laundry when it’s only been a few days”... We offered to turn the washer off and ring our clothes out, but she walked away saying “well you’ve already started it now....” This, despite the fact that a washer and a dryer are both listed as amenities for this rental.
(MB) You’re so incredibly dramatic! I tell my clients, in private conversations, what they can/cannot use, depending on the length of their stay. So, indeed I list ALL of my amenities because they ARE available!
"Tina": We also obtained email confirmation long before our trip dates that we would be allowed to cook in her kitchen.
(MB) Another untruth! First of all, there was no WE. Your ‘friend’ misrepresented her need to cook in my kitchen. She presented as someone with a ‘special diet (the Halal Diet), “which makes it hard to eat out", she says! Bacon and eggs in Canola Oil? Spaghetti and meat sauce? Halal Diet?@? She could have eaten that in ANY restaurant, in ANY city! Your friend flat out LIED and took advantage and took liberties that I find VERY hard to appreciate and to respect. If she couldn’t afford to eat out, she should have just said that! Additionally, she left a greasy mess in my kitchen, on my new floor mats, glass stove top (which she scratched) and floor (I have photos that I WISH I could post)! She tore down 3 of my vertical blinds (that she IS being charged for) – again, I have photos, and THEN, she washed clothes 2x in 2.5 days! COME ON!!!!!!! Also, I have filed a complaint against TINA (who couldn’t pen a response, herself, by the way, and who left my home without as much as a 'good riddens'! SMH - Classless).
"Tina": While it was reassuring to know that an alarm system was in place, it was taxing to be asked to send text updates to the homeowner in regard to our comings and goings, especially when we were constantly walking on what felt like thin ice anytime we were in the house.
(MB) Really – a simple text saying ‘hey, we’re leaving, or hey we’re back’ is TAXING!?! LOL…OMG, you are a 'writer', indeed! None of your ‘article’ even warrants a response, especially beyond this point. In the future, Ashley Shaw, try to refrain from all of the extras and you may be able to salvage some integrity. Sheesh…SMH