I am delighted to be able to provide a rejuvenative, tranquil and retreat-like atmosphere for guests, as well as a healthy, comfortable and safe environment. The following house rules greatly assist the preservation of such a unique environment. Most of what follows is common sense, but over a decade of experience renting rooms has shown that some lack common sense, so I need to be clear up front. If you are skilled in this regard, you'll breeze thru what follows.
It is guests' responsibility to familiarize themselves with and adequately assimilate these rules so as to not need reminders of the house rules during their stay.
While the majority of guests are thoughtful and respectful, it sometimes occurs that a guest arrives and is unprepared to carry out their responsibilities regarding house rules.
To keep things most pleasant for yourself and myself and everyone else in my house, please come prepared to follow house rules at face value, exactly as written. Example of not following rules as written: seeing that the rule says no kitchen use after 10pm, but telling yourself, "it's okay if I cook dinner at 11:30pm because I'll be quiet." Or, "The rule says no doing laundry before 8am, but I have to go to work at 7am so it's okay if I start the washer then." If you have a dilemma come up, rather than breaking rules, talk to me and I'll see if your needs can be accomodated.
If you have questions about the rules, I am available to answer them at any time.
Please keep in mind:
You will be sharing common areas with other guests, and thus the cleanliness of the common areas is far more dependent upon all guests cleaning up after themselves, than it is upon my once a week cleaning. Most guests do very well in keeping common areas clean! However, it's not realistic for guests to expect common areas to be immaculate. This is just a reality of booking a stay where common areas are shared. If having less than perfect conditions would be a problem for you, I would suggest you look for a whole apartment/house where you'd have a private kitchen and bath.
From time to time, an issue arises in the house, such as someone often leaving dishes in the sink, or not cleaning the tub after use, and a guest will complain to me about it. In order to help this guest, I must communicate with everyone in order to resolve the issue. It's not possible to resolve issues without communication. Some guests have difficulty with my need to resolve things by communicating, and seem to take it as a personal attack that I've sent a reminder to everyone to clean the tub after use, for instance. If you are predisposed to think that issues can or should be resolved without communication, it would be better for you to seek a stay elsewhere.
Kindly remove shoes upon entering the house.
Please leave things as they are in your room and to protect the floors, avoid moving furniture around. Do not take things down from walls or hang things on the walls. Do not remove the mattress protector from the mattress.
To create a pleasant and clean atmosphere, no smoking or "vaping" of any substance inside or outside house.
No pets/animals may be brought to my home. If you like animals, there are some in the backyard who enjoy being visited!
For the better health of all, I keep my home free of toxic chemicals. Please do not use toxic chemicals or strong scents such as perfumes/colognes, “air fresheners", laundry soap with fragrance, candles with fragrance, fabric softeners, incense. Shampoo with fragrance is fine.
Be aware that there are some chemicals, such as benzoyl peroxide, which if you put on yourself and then lie down on my linens or use my towel, will permanently stain my linens, leaving them with a "tie-dye" effect. I have had many sets of towels or sheets thus damaged. Please either avoid using such chemicals, or if you need such chemicals, bring your own linens so you damage yours instead of mine.
Due to danger of fire, no candles, space heaters or open flames may be used in the house.
Rooms come already furnished, and guests may not bring additional furniture. Please limit yourself to 3 suitcases or boxes to avoid damage to the floors/furniture. Please be considerate and if you accumulate more possessions during your stay, do not abandon belongings at my home, or fill up the entire trash can with discarded belongings prior to departure.
Please observe hours for laundry facilities.
To keep the house neat and free of clutter, and to avoid intruding on other guests' spaces, please store your items only in your designated storage areas. If you put things in other's storage areas, these things may end up thrown out as it will appear that a departing guest has left them behind.
AFter use of the bathtub/shower and sink, please clean out hair from the drain/floor area and sink area and make sure tub/shower is basically clean.
Common areas are cleaned once a week, and guest rooms are cleaned in between guest visits. Apart from this, guests are expected to clean common areas after use and clean their own rooms during their stay. When vacating the room at the conclusion of your stay, room should be left clean, doesn't need to be immaculate but basically it was when you arrived.
Please observe other's personal boundaries. For example: if you ask someone for something and they say no, please respect this boundary. Never use other's belongings without having received permission from them to do so. (For instance, do not eat other's food).
Rooms are single occupancy only, and guests may not bring any others to visit to my house, neither overnight or during the day. This means no friends, no relatives, and no others may enter my house for any amount of time except those renting a room here. This policy helps a lot in protecting the tranquil atmosphere which I am intentionally creating in my home.
House quiet hours are 10pm to 8am, (kitchen can be used 6am to 10pm) and laundry hours are 9am to 9pm. To help preserve the tranquil environment, please keep electronic players and/or voices down at all times, and do not have cellphone conversations in the house after 10pm to avoid disturbing others. No socializing in the house after 10pm. You may use the kitchen 6am to 10pm, , as some have to leave early and need to eat before leaving.
To preserve the retreat like setting, please use computers, radios, electronic players and cellphones in your room only and do not bring these into common areas.
Internet: because streaming of videos and skyping can,if done heavily, considerably slow down the internet for other users in the house, there may be limitations on streaming videos or skyping while staying at my house. This doesn't mean you can't watch videos -- you can -- but doing so for many hours each day might become an issue, so just an FYI. Please do not download any illegal content from the internet.
For security's sake, please always lock deadbolts of exterior doors when passing in/out through the doors.
If you have a bicycle, there is a bike storage area outside where you can put it: please do not bring bikes into rooms. Because bike storage space is limited, ask me before bringing a bike to the house, as there may or may not be room for additional bikes. I do have a bike available for guests to rent if desired.
No mail or packages may be received by guests at my home. This is very important. Please do not give out my home address to any person or entity. (Exceptions: you can give out the address for things like pizza delivery, lost luggage delivery, or to your relatives so they know where you are -- but they may not send you mail here -- and to the US Visa authorities as required by US law -- but please ensure the latter will not send mail to my house) The primary problem with giving out my address to any agency, business or entity is that they will almost certainly put this info in their system and I will get mail for you at my home, quite likely after you depart. THere are Fedex and UPS offices nearby where you can rent a box, and many Amazon packages can be received for free at a nearby store. Also, you can receive mail for free at a post office in the city if you have mail sent there c/o your name, and "General Delivery." You need to research which post office provides that service. You can pick up Amazon packages for free at the Amazon drop off center at the UC Berkeley campus, so send those there.
Unauthorized mail will be returned to the mail carrier. If you have mail sent to my home in violation of this rule, you will not receive it. Please do not ask me to track down mail that has been sent to my home in violation of this rule, as I will not do so.
See information related to payments and security deposits here: payments and security deposits
Guest agrees to pay Host for damages or loss for any of Host's property damaged/lost by the Guest.
In order to save myself and my guests from trouble in the case of any guest refusing to follow house rules, significant violation of house rules may result in immediate termination of the reservation, forfeiture of all fees paid, and/or a twenty-five dollar fee per incident.
Arbitration. All claims and disputes arising under or relating to this Agreement are to be settled by Binding Arbitration in the state of California. An award of arbitration may be confirmed in a court of competent jurisdiction.