This Glossary is provided to help guests understand more about the rental of inns, resorts and vacation rentals. It is not comprehensive but serves as a primer for terms guests may encounter in renting specialty lodging. Not all terms apply to all properties or managers.
Spa/Pool Heating Fee
A certain amount above and beyond the rental rate charged to renters wishing to use the heater on your pool or hot tub.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association
Therapy Animal (Dog)
Provides affection and comfort to people in Hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, people with learning difficulties, and stressful situations such as disaster areas.
Not to be confused with Service Animals or dogs, Therapy Dogs and their Handlers have no Legal rights. Institutions may invite, limit, or prohibit access to therapy dogs. If allowed, these institutions will have their own requirements for Therapy Animals.
Therapy dogs are not Service Animals. A Service Animal has a skill which directly reduces the effect of a disability and so can legally accompany their disabled handler anywhere they can legally go. In the United States, Service Animals are legally protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. As Therapy Dogs do not provide direct assistance they are not protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
See also: Service Animal (Dog) Origin: FreeMyPaws.org Link: FreeMyPaws.org
Fleece based materials used for bath towels, hand towels, wash clothes, bath mats
See also: Textiles, fleece, bedding Origin: May, William
Property occupants who were not pre-approved by the lodging manager and for whom additional charges will apply. Also referred to as Undisclosed Guest.
See also: Undisclosed Guest, Maximum Occupancy, Normal Occupancy, Sleeps Occupancy, Disclosed Guest, Drop-In Guests Origin: Vacation Rental Association
Property occupants who were not pre-approved by the lodging manager and for whom additional charges will apply. Also referred to as Unauthorized Guest.
See also: Unauthorized Guest, Maximum Occupancy, Normal Occupancy, Sleeps Occupancy, Disclosed Guest, Drop-In Guests Origin: Vacation Rental Association
Vacation Rental Angels
Voluntary program from Vacation Rental Association. Members who regularly donate vacation home use to charitable causes are listed on VacationRentalAngels.com website and display the VRIA Angel Icon.
Origin: Vacation Rental Association Link: VacationRentalAngels.com
Vacation Rental Manager
A company that provides comprehensive lodging management services to multiple second homes such as cabins, condos, cottages, houses, villas, etc. Such managers operate local offices, housekeepers, staff, marketing, advertising, accounting and reservations. May also refer to a person at such firm who is in charge of properties.
See also: Property Manager, Absentee Vacation Rental Manager, Corporate Vacation Rental Manager Origin: Vacation Rental Association
Varoom Vacation Rental Co-Op
A network of Rent By Owners who cooperate with Managers to increase rentals and improve standards. Operated by Vortex Managers.
See also: Sunspots Network, Goldener Network Origin: Varoom.biz Link: Varoom.biz
What can be seen from an area of the property, not necessarily from all areas of the property.
See also: Beach View, City View, Mountain View, Resort View, Water View Origin: Vacation Rental Association
Water Front Accommodations
Buildings or rooms and living units in a building which is along side a body of water, salt or fresh water. Could be major oceans, estuaries, lakes, rivers or streams. Generally means there are no other buildings between the building and the water. Not necessarily Beach Front.
See also: Ocean Front, Beach Front Origin: Vacation Rental Association
When guests can see a body of water (Such as a lake, ocean, pond or river) from some area of the property, not necessarily from all area of the property. May include Full, Partial or Peekaboo Views.
See also: View, Beach View, City View, Mountain View, Resort View Origin: Vacation Rental Association
A webpage on which people can register to become users of a website. Usually requires name, address, email and type of membership but that can vary based on type of Registration.
See also: Simple Registration, Regular Registration, Complex Registration Origin: Redstone.net
Rental program from Sunspot Vacation Rentals that provides advertising and bookings services to owners of timeshares who have dates available to rent.
Origin: May, William