As soon as a Guest confirms they want your homestay accommodation we recommend that Hosts take a two-week deposit. This forms the first two weeks of fees, paid in advance. The room is then secured for the Guest and can’t be let to another Guest over the same dates. Guests gain peace of mind, Host family homestay providers also have the security of knowing a Guest is financially invested in the homestay.
Homestay fees can be paid in any way which both parties are comfortable. This may be via direct deposit, or cash, if the guest has been able to inspect the room prior. It’s recommended that fees are always paid two weeks in advance. Guests should be advised that two weeks notice is required prior to vacating their room. Hosts then have adequate time to advertise and let the room again.
Similarly if Hosts wish to terminate the homestay arrangement, Guests should be extended the same courtesy, about 2 weeks notice to allow adequate time to secure alternative accommodation.
Deposits, advance fees, notice periods etc are all at the Host’s discretion. We have simply found these systems work well for a successful arrangement.