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Apartment rental - should I tip?

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Apartment rental - should I tip?

I understand the general principles for tipping (bars, restaurants, taxis etc.) but am not sure whether I should tip the person who meets us on arrival at the apartment we are renting for four nights? I guess not, but don't want to cause a problem!

Also should we leave any money behind when we leave for the maid? I don't think the maid visits during our stay.

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1. Re: Apartment rental - should I tip?

You're renting an apartment for four nights? I hope you don't mean what you seem to mean, because you may have done something illegal and/or gotten scammed badly.

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3. Re: Apartment rental - should I tip?

Or are you trying to irritate the regulars on here by combining two of the most contentious topics on thiis forum? Perhaps unwittingly as you are a new poster, but if you have actually booked an apartment you could have caused big problems for yourself never mind whether or not you should tip the possiblly ficticious apartment greeter.

Sorry if this is a genuine question but it does sound like it could be a wind-up.

If you are genuine read LMVManchester's link very soon.

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4. Re: Apartment rental - should I tip?

Hadn't seen the New York legislation. We only booked this last week for travel at the end of this week, on the recommendation of a close friend who used the same booking service for an apartment they stayed as a family in the Summer.

I've paid a 20% deposit by credit card through PayPal (surprised it wasn't more) so whilst PP won't provide any protection (what a surprise) my CC is liable under Section 75 of the UK Consumer Credit Act. The balance of $1650 is due on arrival by CC again.

I don't know if they are genuinely trying to provide apartments with the law in pursuit but either way I don't support illegal activity (especially in my profession) so it's going to be a hotel and a claim under Section 75.

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5. Re: Apartment rental - should I tip?

@fundriver: it is/was a genuine question sorry to have troubled you.

Regarding tipping when in Rome...

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6. Re: Apartment rental - should I tip?

Well done robfsg. It must please the regular posters to this forum who are continuously posting warnings of the dangers of apartment rentals in NYC to finally see someone like yourself so readily willing to accept advice.

Have a great trip.

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7. Re: Apartment rental - should I tip?

Hi, just a quick observation.........I have read and understand (or so I thought) the legislation regarding apartment rental in NYC, but was curious to read about how NYC and Airbnb were working together after Sandy to assist in accommodating NYers who needed a place to stay. I thought it was very generous of the hosts and admirable that both the Mayors office and the Governor would publicly promote an organization that normally supposedly offers illegal accommodation. I thought the partnership was a wonderful display of cooperation in a time of such need. I am confused though - does Airbnb provide legal accommodation or is it the same as other short-term apartment rental places? Thanks.

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8. Re: Apartment rental - should I tip?

Airbnb also provides hosted rentals - that is, you stay in the apartment while the host/owner is living there (eg - renting a spare bedroom). Doing that is fine.

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10. Re: Apartment rental - should I tip?

GWB that is really nasty. The OP already said she is changing to a hotel. NO need for such harsh, and rude, words.