Glossary of Lodging Rental Terms

To help guests understand more about the rental of rooms and house from inns, resorts and vacation rentals this glossary is provided for your reference. It is not comprehensive but serves as a primary for terms guests may encounter in renting and utilizing lodging.

Discrimination

Restricting renters on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, disability, or national origin as prohibited under the Fair Housing Act.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Distributed Rate

The price of a lodging unit for which it is sold to distributors such as traditional or on-line travel agencies (ie: Expedia)
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Drop-In Guests

Property occupants who were not pre-approved by manager, are not staying overnight and who are prohibited from entering or stayng in the property.
See also: Maximum Occupancy, Normal Occupancy, Sleeps Occupancy, Disclosed Guets, Undisclosed Guests Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Electronic Keyless Lock

A digital or push button mechanical lock that does not require a key or access card to operate.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Electronic Lock

A digital or push button mechanical lock that does not require a key or access card to operate.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Equity

A landlord's financial interest in a property. Equity is the difference between the fair market value of the property and the amount still owed on it's mortgage and other liens.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Eviction

The lawful expulsion of an occupant from a property.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Excessive Cleaning

When a vacation rental home or other lodging unit requires cleaning great than for normal and usual usage, excessive cleaning is required and for which the guest is usually charged
See also: Interim Clean, Out Cleaning, Housekeeping Charge Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Exchange

Where owners of one property exchange use of it for use of another property and from that properties owner. Sometimes arranged by a third party Exchange company.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Fair Housing Act

Federal statute prohibiting discrimination against renters based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents of legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Family Member

Includes Traveling Companion's dependent, spouse, child, spouse's child, son/daughter-in-law, parent(s), sibling(s), brother/sister, grandparent(s), grandchild, step-brother/sister, step-parent(s), parent(s)-in-law, brother/sister-in-law, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, guardian, Domestic Partner, foster child, or ward.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Fee Simple

When a real estate property is held in the property owner's name and ownership can be transferred at the will of the owner without other restrictions..
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Financial Insolvency

Means the total cessation or complete suspension of operations due to insolvency, with or without the filing of a bankruptcy petition, whether voluntary or involuntary, by a tour operator, cruise line, airline, or other supplier of travel services which is duly licensed in the state(s) of operation other than the person, organization, agency or firm from whom you directly purchased or paid for your Covered Trip.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

FIT (Free Independent Travel)

Individual travel in which a tour operator has previously arranged blocks of rooms at various destinations in advance for use by individual travelers. These travelers travel independently, not in a group, usually by rental car or public transportation.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Fractional

Describes a lodging property, usually a vacation home, owned by more than one person or party. Usually organized as an association having multiple owners who share use of the home on a pre-determined arrangement, each getting different times of the year.. In some, but not all, states fractionals are governed by timeshares but operate differently with owners having control over choice of manager, amenities and later sale or disposition of the parties.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Front Desk

An office, accessible to guests during certain hours, where they can arrange the booking of lodging facilities and other types of travel services. And where, if a booking has been pre-arranged, where they may Check In to receive keys and guest instructions as well as Check Out.
See also: Central Reservations, Check In, Check Out Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Fullfillment

Servicing consumers and trade who request information as a result of advertising or promotional programs. Service often includes and 800 number, sales staff, and distribution of materials. For advance reservation lodging it refers to the sending and receiving of contracts, guest instructions and other documents
See also: Advance lodging reservation Origin: Vacation Rental Association

Furnishings

All furniture, equipment, appliances, artwork and other assets located inside a lodging property or on its grounds.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

FVRMA - Florida Vacation Rental Managers Assoc

Trade Association of Vacation Rental Managers in the State of Florida.
See also: VRIA, VRMA Origin: FVRMA

Gateway or Gateway City

A major airport, seaport, rail or bus center through which tourists and travelers enter from outside the region.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association

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