Every year brings a new selection of legislation relating to gites and holiday rental properties, none of which has ever been officially communicated to us so usually we happily drift along in ignorance – an approach which never seems to do much harm and tends to save money.
But one new regulation caught my eye – apparently a court in France has just rules that holiday rental property owners can no longer refuse to accept pets. While they concede that ‘dangerous dogs’ can be excluded, if someone wants to bring their pet dog or cat (or presumably their parrot, tortoise, boa constrictor and goldfish) along with them on holiday the property owner no longer has the right to say that is unacceptable.
This is a subject dear to me because we don’t currently accept pets, for a few reasons including:
- We have two gites and don’t want a misbehaved dog in one disturbing the peace for the other
- Many years ago we had dogs stay in one of our properties and it caused several hundred euros of damage to sofas
- We have a small lame cat ourselves which would not get on well with big dogs
- At the moment we can assure people with pet allergies that our properties are suitable for them
So where does that leave us all and what are the options?
We are free (for the time being!) to set our own prices, including reduced charges for low occupancy and higher charges for increased occupancy, and also to decide ourselves what security deposit is payable. So it seems likely that those not wanting to accept pets can say something like ‘An additional 500 euros security deposit is payable in cash on arrival, for each pet accompanying the party. An additional cost of 75 euros per night per pet will also be charged’.
There are also possible options along the lines of stating (quite reasonably) that a property is unsuitable for pets, and/or that complete vaccination certificates must be produced before any pet can be admitted.
You can see the subject discussed here on the lay my hat forum for property rental owners for more details of the ruling and possible options available for owners.
There are currently properties that also advertise ‘adults only’ for some of the same reasons, but the ruling doesn’t seem to be applicable to those who try and stop children from having a nice holiday…
Is it just me or is this ruling bonkers? If someone doesn’t want to accept pets for any reason should that not be a straightforward choice for owners? Or is it just me being insensitive to those who want to bring doggy on holiday with them?