How to create vacation rental house rules

Get inspiration from an Airbnb house rules sample.


Imagine the possibilities when guests are allowed to do whatever they’d like at your vacation rental. Think, raucous parties, dogs sleeping on your couch, or guests smoking in your living room. Most of your guests won’t be this troublesome. However without sharing clear expectations, some guests may assume that anything goes.

This is why vacation rental house rules are so important. They define what is and what is not allowed at your vacation rental—especially when it comes to pets, events, quiet hours, and more.

Why set vacation house rules?

Airbnb house rules are a smart tool for protecting your property and informing guests ahead of time. Both Airbnb and Vrbo require guests to agree to your house rules before booking. By definitively stating your boundaries, house rules can:

  • Let guests know what kind of host you are.
  • Help guests gauge if your property is right for them and their travels.
  • Help save you time answering questions about your property.
  • Help you avoid problems, including damage to your property or angering your neighbors.
  • Minimize any surprises for both you and your guests. For instance, guests will likely not smoke if they understand it’s strictly not allowed.
  • Help you hold your guests accountable.
  • Give you peace of mind and a sense of control.
How to create vacation rental house rules

What to consider when creating house rules

Take your time establishing how you’d like guests to behave in your vacation home. Vacation house rules are fluid and can be amended whenever and however you’d like. When creating your set of house rules, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Publish them in more than one place. In addition to listing your house rules on your vacation rental listing, include them in your welcome letter and welcome email too.
  • Don’t overcomplicate things. “Absolutely no smoking” is easier to understand than “Please refrain from vaping, cigarettes, or cigars. The smell of smoke is hard to remove from linens.” This will especially make it easier for your international guests to fully grasp your rules.
  • List your most important rules first.
  • Use rules to guide your guests, not limit them. This is their vacation, not detention. Adding a punch of personality in your writing can go a long way to make rules feel less strict.
  • Guests may still break your rules. Have a clear action plan and response when it happens. While you may not want to list all punishments in your profile or welcome letter, one option would be to expand on them in your rental agreement. Then include a note at the bottom of your vacation house rules such as “Not following the house rules can result in fines, eviction, or both. See your rental agreement for more information.”
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Vacation rental house rules to include

Just as every vacation rental property is different, so are the house rules attached to them. Your rules can depend on your type of home, your amenities, and even where your vacation home is located. For example, a common rule for beach vacation homes is to not track sand onto the carpets inside.

However, there are several topics that apply to almost every vacation rental. These include:

  • Maximum occupancy
  • Noise level restrictions, especially after hours
  • Check-out time
  • Rooms or areas that are off-limits
  • Smoking
  • Pets
  • Parties and events

You may want to include rules specific for your amenities, such as:

  • Specialty electronics and appliances
  • Pools and hot tubs
  • Fireplaces
How to create vacation rental house rules

Sample vacation rental house rules

Here’s a sample set of Airbnb house rules. Add and customize for your own vacation property.

Hello and welcome!

We’re excited to host you. Before you settle in and get cozy, please read our House Rules. They’ll help you make the most out of your vacation. Let us know of any questions.

No smoking on property. Smoking will incur a $500 fee.

No loud parties or music allowed 24/7.

Your dogs are welcome! We allow a maximum of two dogs. A cleaning fee of $75 will be added to your booking.

Outside visitors
No outside visitors, please. Only registered guests are allowed on property.

Please, no shoes on the carpet. You can leave shoes at the front or back doors.

Pool and hot tub
For your safety, please no glassware around the pool or hot tub. Place hot tub cover back on after every use to prevent debris from falling in.

Please make sure all fires are out completely after every use.


Garage is currently being used for homeowner storage and off-limits to guests.

Please park in the driveway only. Up to two cars allowed.

Saving energy
Help us save energy. Please turn off lights, fans, air conditioning, and TVs whenever you leave the property.

Please report any damages immediately.


Check-out time is 10 a.m.

We reserve the right to terminate any booking and to evict any guests who refuse to follow these house rules or who cause a nuisance to neighbors or other residents of the community.

Clear and concise Airbnb house rules are a great way to tell your guests what is and what isn’t allowed on your property—ensuring an enjoyable and safe stay for everyone. Use our guide to put together your own list of house rules tailored to your vacation rental.

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