Safety has been an increasingly trending topic in the vacation rental industry, with operators paying more attention to physical safety features like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers. Recent changes to the travel landscape have brought safety and property conditions front and center for managers, guests, owners, municipalities and staff and we anticipate this to increase in coming years as regulatory challenges rise. Recent surveys show that 87% of guests are concerned about safety as they consider booking travel accommodations. So it’s no surprise that more than 84% of managers we surveyed are taking steps to improve their safety and maintenance procedures over the next year.
Based on Breezeway’s review of building code, insurance claims and reported incidents, alongside review of thousands of safety inspections completed on Breezeway’s platform, we have compiled this guide for property and guest safety. Note, this checklist is meant to serve as a guide to help focus on the steps to ensure basic safety and assumes additional procedures will be followed to routinely inspect the quality of the property and comply with local regulations and code. For more detailed guidance on safety inspections and preventative maintenance, please contact us.