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2021 cottage payments




So I just received my contracts for the two cottages I have next year with Midgett which for the first time include a departure fee. $75. Still better then what Hatteras is charging me for the cleaning fee next week but I am unhappy to see it. I haven’t heard from Outerbeaches yet for a rental I have with them but I wouldn’t be surprised if they have something like this in the contract too. Thumbs down


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What is a departure fee?


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What is a departure fee?

hatterasnc
I guess just another way to say cleaning fee.


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What is a departure fee?

hatterasnc


A way of extracting another $75 from guests and owners.


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I know that early in this COVID crisis, Midgett Realty told homeowners that they were going to bring in an extra cleaner, after regular cleaning, to wipe down all surface areas according to CDC guidelines, but that cost was going to be past on to the renters. Never heard any more talk about it.Does anyone know if they were charged this in 2020? Maybe that's what the departure fee is.


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I know that early in this COVID crisis, Midgett Realty told homeowners that they were going to bring in an extra cleaner, after regular cleaning, to wipe down all surface areas according to CDC guidelines, but that cost was going to be past on to the renters. Never heard any more talk about it.Does anyone know if they were charged this in 2020? Maybe that's what the departure fee is.

obxaddict


I have to think a lot of what was said will happen didn't happen or didn't last too long. Sort of like recycling here not actually being recycled. Whistle


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We have a home in the Midgett program but had not heard of this.
I’d be curious to learn more...


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I just signed and made initial payment (Midgett). My departure fee was higher, so I presume it’s based on the rental cost. However, the house is a good size, with bells and whistles, for 3 couples, and 4 grandchildren. I take this fee to indicate the additional cleaning and sanitizing associated with COVID.
In 2020, (also Midgett) I do not recall a departure fee, however, we had booked the home before the virus was even talked about.


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What is a departure fee?

hatterasnc


A way of extracting another $75 from guests and owners.

Brad Z


That's kinda what I thought. I talked with my property manager about this since the 2021 contract is signed, they didn't intend to charge new fees to the fee/rate structure for next year.



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I booked through outer beaches for 2021 - same same markups as prior years - Tax, processing fee, pet fee & insurance


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Maybe if you don't "depart" while staying at the house, you won't have to pay the fee !!



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I know that early in this COVID crisis, Midgett Realty told homeowners that they were going to bring in an extra cleaner, after regular cleaning, to wipe down all surface areas according to CDC guidelines, but that cost was going to be past on to the renters. Never heard any more talk about it.Does anyone know if they were charged this in 2020? Maybe that's what the departure fee is.

obxaddict


I have to think a lot of what was said will happen didn't happen or didn't last too long. Sort of like recycling here not actually being recycled. Whistle

Tim-OBX


Truer words have never been spoken!




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I read the title as, "2021 college payments", and I can definitely relate to that one.

We haven't booked for 2021 yet or even looked at dates. I will pay closer attention to the fees and see what creative ones have been added.


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We keep reading complaints from vacationers regarding the excessive charges being tacked onto rentals. As long as people put up with it, the rental companies will continue to devise new ways to stiff vacationers.


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Does that $75 absolve the renter from the departure cleaning that they typically are responsible for? Vacuuming/sweeping, wiping everything down, etc?


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Sounds like a credit card "convenience fee". They can charge it so they do.


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Has any one who has this departure fee listed on next years rental agreement actually called them to find out what this charge is instead of everyone giving an opinion?


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Has any one who has this departure fee listed on next years rental agreement actually called them to find out what this charge is instead of everyone giving an opinion?

obxaddict


What fun would that be?


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I will agree that calling something a "departure fee" seems tacky. If it is for extra cleaning, call it a cleaning fee.


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Just booked our Midgett house as always. On their page "You will notice that we have applied a Departure Services Fee as a separate line item to all 2021 reservations. This necessary fee is due to the rising costs of products and labor needed to effectively sanitize our properties. Just another way we try to provide our guests with a quality beach vacation is by using the top certified products and employing the best team members the area has to offer." My fee is $325! for 8 bedroom. Never charged before.


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