Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Below are answers to commonly asked questions about renting our home. If the answer to your question is not found below, please don't hesitate to contact us for more information.
Are beach tags included?
Yes — our rental comes with Belmar beach tags, which are required for everyone age 16 and older.
Can we walk to the beach? Where is the house located?
Do you rent for the full summer? What is the minimum stay?
In peak summer season, our home is rented by the week, Saturday to Saturday. The arrival time is 3:00 p.m. and the departure time is 10:00 a.m. Consecutive weekly rentals (two or more weeks) may be booked if the dates are available on our calendar.
How many people are allowed?
The maximum number of persons allowed on the property is determined by local Certificate of Occupancy (CO). For our rental, no more than four people may occupy the premises (two people per bedroom).
How are the bedrooms arranged?
Our home has two bedrooms and sleeps up to four people in beds (two people per bedroom). The master bedroom has a queen sleigh bed. The second bedroom has two twin beds.
Upon request, the second bedroom can be set up with a Graco Pack and Play (please bring your own baby bedding). The sofa in the living room does not pull out, so it is not suitable for use as a bed.
What items are stocked in the kitchen?
The kitchen is well-equipped with everything you need to prepare and serve meals — pots and pans, good knives, dishes, utensils, drip coffee maker, Keurig, electric kettle, toaster, blender, slow cooker, Pyrex, and more.
We also provide basic pantry supplies, such as dishwasher detergent, dish soap, sponges, wraps and foil, trash bags, S&P, cleaning supplies, and a starter supply of paper products.
Propane and cooking tools are provided for the grill, along with a cleaning brush.
What else is included?
You will find thoughtful touches in every room to provide a comfortable homelike getaway. The beds are made with designer sheets and bedding, and bath towels are included.
There's a 48-inch Vizio flat-screen television in the living room with Verizon FiOS service. The TV has a Sony Blu-Ray DVD player with wi-fi streaming capabilities (stream your own Netflix, Amazon, etc. accounts). You'll also find a selection of books, DVDs, and games. The master bedroom has a 32-inch flat-screen TV with Verizon FiOS.
Free high-speed wireless Internet is included. For families with little ones, we have a Pack and Play, high chair seat, and other baby basics — plus all the gear you need for a day at the beach, a gas grill, outdoor shower, and so much more.
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Do you have a minimum age limit for renters?
Yes — you must be at least 30 years old to rent our home. Parents may not rent or sign for their adult children under age 30. We are required by local ordinance to request a copy of driver's licenses for verification purposes and will not accept rentals initiated under false pretenses.
Is this a whole-house rental or a room?
This is a vacation rental by owner. You will be renting the entire second floor of our private two-family home.
The rental has its own separate entrance and six rooms total: two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, dining room, and living room. There's also a private deck outside the dining area — a great place to relax in serene surroundings with garden views.
The first floor is the owner's unit. Please note that the ability to climb stairs is required to access the rental.
Are pets allowed?
Sorry, no. We love pets, but we do not allow dogs of any breed or size, crated or not, or any other type of animal in our rental. If you would like your dog nearby during your vacation, we can recommend a local pet resort that has boarding kennels.
Undisclosed pets are a violation of our Rental Agreement and will result in immediate eviction of all people and animals, as well as forfeiture of all monies paid, including security deposit. The common areas of the property are equipped with outdoor security cameras to assist in maintaining our pet-free policy as needed.
How do we pay?
We accept a variety of payment methods for your convenience:
Chase QuickPay with Zelle
Credit card or debit card via Square Invoice — Add 3.5% to the total due if you choose to pay by Square Invoice
*We do not accept personal checks if there are fewer than 45 days until your arrival date. In these instances, we only accept Venmo, Zelle, certified check, or credit/debit card via Square Invoice (subject to the 3.5% transaction fee noted above).
What is the payment schedule?
Rentals with arrival dates less than 60 days away must be paid in full at the time of booking (rent, security deposit, and cleaning fee).
Rentals with arrival dates 60+ days away require a down payment of $500.00 and a signed Rental Agreement to hold your dates. The Rental Agreement will include a payment schedule for the balance due.
How can I save by renting directly from the owner?
Your beach house rental will cost several hundred dollars more when you rent through booking sites such as Airbnb, TripAdvisor, and VRBO. In addition to charging you extra "service fees," the big booking sites are required by state law to collect sales and accommodation taxes of 11.625%.
These added taxes and fees increase the cost of renting our home by upwards of $500.00! Rentals by owner like ours are exempt from collecting the shore rental tax, and we never charge hidden "service fees" when you rent directly from us.
Although Jersey Shore realtors are also exempt from collecting the rental tax, they may add non-refundable "reservation fees" or "tenant processing fees" onto your total cost — in addition to charging a commission to the homeowner.
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What if I need to cancel or change my dates?
Once your rental is confirmed by the owner, we will block your dates on our calendar to prevent anyone else from renting, and you will be contractually bound for your entire stay.
Should you need to cancel a confirmed rental or change your dates for any reason whatsoever, please notify us in writing as soon as possible. You may not sublet or transfer the canceled dates to anyone else. We will make every effort to re-rent your week; however, all money paid will be forfeited unless the canceled time period is re-rented at no loss to the owner.
All cancellations and date changes are subject to a cancellation fee of $500.00.
For all rentals booked after March 21, 2020: The only time we will make an exception to this policy is if the state or local government suspends short-term rentals due to COVID-19 for your scheduled dates, rendering us unable to fulfill our contractual obligation to rent our home to you. In this case, we will refund all monies paid and not charge a cancellation fee. No other exceptions will be made for any and all reasons whatsoever.
In these uncertain times, we highly recommend that you obtain cancel-for-any-reason travel insurance if you are concerned that you might need to cancel due to unforeseen or unfortunate circumstances (including COVID-19) and wish to receive any reimbursement of monies paid. To shop for a policy that meets your needs, visit www.insuremytrip.com.
I'm ready to rent! What are the next steps?
To start the rental process, please complete our secure online booking form via the "Rent Now" link below. Once we receive your completed form, we will prepare a customized Rental Agreement. The Agreement will be emailed to you for signature, along with further instructions to finalize your request.
Our home is rented on a first-come, first-served basis. All rental requests are considered tentative until confirmed in writing by the owner. Due to the high demand for prime summer weeks, dates will not be held without a signed Rental Agreement and payment on file.
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Do you rent to groups?
No — we do not rent to groups of individuals under age 30. Our home is best suited for couples, adults traveling solo, and small families up to four people.
If you are part of a non-family group of adults age 30+, we will require the names and ages of all people who will be renting (four people max) and a general idea of how you plan to use the property. These details will help us make sure that our home is a suitable fit for you, and that you are a suitable fit for our home.
Is there central air conditioning? Internet?
Yes — we have central air conditioning and ceiling fans in every room. Free high-speed wireless Internet (Verizon FiOS) is also included.
What is there to do in Belmar?
The coastal community of Belmar, New Jersey, offers everything you could want to do on a Jersey Shore vacation.
Downtown Belmar has plenty of restaurant choices to suit all tastes and budgets, as well as clothing boutiques, spas and salons, and specialty retail shops. Learn more on our Visit Belmar page.
Is this home available for a winter rental?
Our home is not available as a winter rental at this time. We are currently renting for summer 2021, beginning with the week of June 19-26, 2021.
Is there off-street parking?
Yes — there is a driveway parking spot for one car. For additional vehicles, free street parking is available on a space-available basis. As with other towns along the Jersey Shore, parking in Belmar is at a premium in the summer, especially on the weekends. We advise that you try to plan your travel to minimize the number of extra cars.
I've never rented a beach house before. How is it different than a hotel or B&B?
Hotel and bed-and-breakfast (B&B) accommodations are more suitable for shorter stays of one or two nights, or for a long weekend, when you are planning to be out and about most of the time. One of the big differences is that you won't have access to a kitchen if you want to cook your own meals.
Privately owned vacation rentals offer a better value, more space, and more convenience if you are looking to stay in Belmar for a week or more. You'll have the entire house with a full kitchen to yourself in a homelike setting that allows for social distancing.