The Governor of NH has just extended the stay at home order through June 15th however, new guidelines allow short term rentals to begin taking reservations on June 5th, so what can you do to get your property rental ready and meet new requirements while sheltering at home?
As the property owner, you have due diligence items to attend to for your short-term rental.
It goes without saying, pandemic or not, if your real estate investment has urgent needs, such as pipe breaks, gas leaks, or other utility troubles these are considered vital and can and should be quickly attended to. As maintenance and construction workers are deemed to be essential in most areas, these companies are still working. Get in touch with your preferred contractors to set up maintenance as soon as possible.
However, there are two very important pandemic-related conditions for short term rental owners to follow:
1. All out-of-state guests should be made aware at the time of the reservation they will be asked to attest via signed document that all guests all staying in your rental remained at a home for at least 14 days before arriving in New Hampshire. Upon guest check-in to your seasonal rental, you should be prepared to fulfill this requirement and collect all guest signatures and keep this documentation on file.
2. When the guest departs, you will need to perform enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of the property including pool, hot tub, door handles, faucet handles, and all other guest touch-points. You can find housekeeping sanitation guidance outlined in the New Hampshire Universal Guidelines.
These conditions take a little more coordination and may not be practical for out of state property owners as each state, county, city has different degrees of shelter-in-place orders in effect at this time.
If you are a property owner outside NH, check your specific local government’s declarations or contact us. As essential workers, our property management team can help you comply with the State ordered short term rental opening conditions.