Dirty frat house marketed as high end rental
Owner said we could get in by 2:30 PM. We were not allowed in until 4:30 because the previous renters were still there (50 of them with 20 cars in the driveway). Maid said she would clean, and she did tidy up, but we had to spend an hour cleaning the filthy fridge. Bedding was stained on three of the beds. Wine and beer bottles throughout the house, dirty soap in the soap dishes, empty liquor bottles, cigarette butts, and trash on the floor in the garage which smelled rancid with smoke. The "small gym" in the garage was several old exercise devices in various forms of disarray. Hundreds of crushed beer cans on the rooftop deck. Closets full of personal clothes and smelly shoes. Garage filled with many boxes which we had to move in order to use the ping pong table and little pool table. Ad says heated pool. It was not heated. The jacuzzi was empty. Outside grill hadn't been cleaned in years and was unusable. While interacting with our family, a stranger waltzed in demanding a key for the back casita, took the key that we had been given, and walked out the back door. We called the owner to complain, but he never called back. We retrieved the key and later lost it because it was just a loose key in my pocket and likely came out while taking out my wallet at a store. There are security cameras in the house, and since we had problems in a previous rental with the owner having us under surveillance and posting photos of us on his Facebook account, we covered the cameras with paper. The owner of this property cleary watches his renters, as this was his response to us blocking him from doing so: "You also blocked out the camera in the home which is pretty peculiar and first time it happened in more then 50 rentals I had." And: "Lost key fee is normally $50-$100 and you could have taken the key and kept it for later especially knowing that you turned off camera and were very concerned about no one being able to see what was going on in the living room." It was also cold in the house, and every time we changed the temp, it went back to (or was remotely reset to?) a set 66 degrees. On the good side, it's a great location, and the house is a great layout. It' has the potential to be a really great VRBO for families, but the focus is obviously large groups who party. Once we knew the address, we Googled it, and it turns out the owner rents out each bed for $25 a night. One plus: When we lost the key, he did get us in quickly with the code to the door.