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Rental Terms and Policies

Renting a Vacation Home

After reviewing the rental listings, please contact us to discuss and book the best home for your needs. The agent will con rm the price and availability. A lease will be prepared and sent by e-mail or mail for signatures.

Vacation Rental Taxes

As of January 1, 2019, short-term rentals of 31 days or less are now subject to a state room occupancy tax. The tax rates are de ned as follows:

Aquinnah

Town 4% + State 5.7% = 9.7%

Chilmark

Town 4% + State 5.7% = 9.7%

Edgartown

Town 4% + State 5.7% = 9.7%

Oak Bluffs

Town 6% + State 5.7% = 11.7%

Tisbury

Town 6% + State 5.7% = 11.7%

West Tisbury

Town 6% + State 5.7% = 11.7%

There are a two exemptions to this tax:

- If the lease period is for over 31 days.

- If the property is rented for only 14 days a year or less; Owner must le a declaration.

 

This tax is owed by the homeowner, but no need to worry as we will collect and pay them for any leases we write.

The Contract

We will send you a copy of the lease, which is due back with your signature and a 50% deposit of the total rental amount within seven days. If we do not receive the leases and payment, the homeowner has the right to rent to another tenant. The nal payment and security deposit will be due 30 days before your arrival date. We will send you payment reminders.

Security Deposit

The typical security deposit is 10% of the total rental amount. This amount could be more at certain properties. The deposit is held by us and returned to you within 60 days from your departure date. Deductions from your security deposit include the post-departure cleaning fee, cost to repair any damages, and any long distance phone calls.

Canceling Your Lease

If it becomes necessary to cancel your rental, it is required that you notify us as soon as possible. We will do our best to re-rent the property. If we are able to re-rent it, we will return your money, less a 10% cancellation fee. Otherwise, you are responsible for the payment in full as stated in the lease.

FAQ

Check in time is 4 p.m. and check out time is 10 a.m. Our homes are non-smoking. Pets are sometimes allowed. They must be pre-approved and a pet deposit will be required. All of our vacation homes are o ered furnished with all bed/bath linens, cooking, and dining utensils.