Thank you for your explanation; it is very helpful, especially about the smoking and the surround sound, also the discrepancy in dates.
I understand more now why he is so over-protective, not an excuse though.
>>> He claimed that my wife left make-up stains in his bath towels. Never heard of such a thing, but he charged me $70 to replace his towels.
It does happen. I used to have a rental and it happened to me. Make-up has dyes and oils in it that don't always come out, and the next guest will not accept seeing a stained towel (or sheet). A good reason to buy towels that can be bleached like they have in hotels. The towels I used were $40 apiece new, because they were the good size. Hotel collection.
Sure one may get them on sale for less, but there isn't typically a sale when one needs to replace them. Towels are expensive and if you get down to less than a full set you have to replace them, because guests don't want a mish mash of different bath towels. He might want to invest in a quantity of white towels and bleach them so that guests don't have to stress over spotting his towels.
Extra persons -- $50 a night is standard when there is not a flat rate, but it has to be in the terms up front. You will see rentals that say FROM X$ a night, that tease you with a low rate, and then you look and see $50 a night per person over 1 or 2 -- like this ad:
His ad is a flat rate, as you see. However, if he did negotiate a lower rate with you, and it was for 8 people, then by adding 1 without consulting the owner you certainly opened yourself up to more fees, and $50 a person per nite is as I said the standard you will see in a lot of VRBO homes that sleep large groups.
ETA -- having seen lovin'maui's post, the rate in the ad is for up to 9 persons, but if it was a specially reduced rate as owner claims then I think it is for whatever number of persons is agreed upon in the rental contract. The rental contract is what binds, not the ad text. The ad text is an offer, not a contract.
Sorry you had such a bad experience, I truly am.
Edited: 14 September 2010, 0:17