To try and supplement our summer income, like a lot of you we try to get longer term let’s over the quieter period. Last year we accepted a booking from a retired single teacher and his dog. He committed to a fixed period until the end of April. During this time, we have done whatever we could to help him settle in, sort out Doctor etc.
A few days ago he refused to pay his rent as he said he wouldn’t be here for another month, and as we kept a deposit of his last months rent, i.e. April.
So, to cut a long story short, he departed yesterday after we had had the most unpleasant 24 hours in the 13 years we have been running our gites. We are out of pocket, but worth it to see him gone. Needless to say, he did no cleaning, refused to pay for many breakages and losses.
The gite was left in the most disgusting state, including unwashed cutlery put back in the drawer and what unfortunately appears to be dog poo on the sofa. There is also evidence of wilful damage to a brand new mattress.
As far as we know, he is travelling to the pyrenees to look for another long term rental. Please, if you own a gite, and you hear from or see this person (I can’t name him here I’m afraid), be very careful in your dealings with him.