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elbowpipe



Joined: 10 Jul 2017
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Location: scotland

PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:18 pm    Post subject: Hot tub broken - demands for refund Reply with quote

In our self-catering cottage, we have a hot tub fired by an external wood stove with a water jacket. We had guests recently and they reported water leaking from the top of the jacket into the firebox making the tub unuseable.

I offered 15% refund but they want 25% and they are getting quite irate. My argument is that we are a self-catering business with the hot tub as an 'extra' (we don't charge for it). Their argument is they would not have booked a cottage without a hot tub and they were celebrating his wife's 50th. I still feel 15% is OK. Am I being stingy? I'm quite happy to deal with a negative review on Trip Advisor.
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Pirou



Joined: 30 Jan 2017
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Location: A bit north of Pirou, Normandy (50)

PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How prominently do you promote the hot tub on your website? Do you think it is THE added extra that makes people book? Does it get mentioned a lot in reviews? But I guess most important thing is : what do your terms and conditions say about non-working extras? 25% refund sounds much too much to me but I'm not really a fan of hot tubs.

(I used to be and then I got a nasty rash which the GP said was likely to have been caused by a badly maintained hot tub. Calamine was my friend.)
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elbowpipe



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We mention it on the website in a couple of places. There's never been a reference to it in reviews. I do think 15% is fair.
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Hells Bells



Joined: 30 Apr 2005
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Location: French Alps

PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was told that providing extras such as a pool or hot tub was worth about an extra 10% on the usual rent you could obtain for a property of otherwise similar standards. So I think 15% is a fair enough refund.
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Marks



Joined: 06 Nov 2006
Posts: 2847
Location: Costa Blanca

PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

elbowpipe wrote:
My argument is that we are a self-catering business with the hot tub as an 'extra' (we don't charge for it). Their argument is they would not have booked a cottage without a hot tub and they were celebrating his wife's 50th. I still feel 15% is OK. Am I being stingy? I'm quite happy to deal with a negative review on Trip Advisor.

If you mention it on your advert/website then it's not free, it's included in the cost and will almost certainly have brought you bookings you may not have got.

But yes, 15% is fair.
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elbowpipe



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll probably compromise on 20% Smile
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zebedee



Joined: 12 Sep 2014
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Location: yorkshire dales

PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might be worth having a specific section in your terms and conditions about the hot tub. I believe they need to be out of action once a month for a day or so for cleaning ( haven't got one, so could be wrong ). However all kinds of reasons could mean the hot tub is out of action temporarily.

That would help control but not necessarily entirely remove any demands for compensation. You could though, decide a particular daily rate of refund if the hot tub is "closed" and include that in T&Cs e.g. 10 a day or whatever spending on the number of guests you can accommodate.
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akwe-xavante



Joined: 01 Jul 2015
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Location: East Yorkshire

PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did they report the fault to you straight away or wait until they left?

Did you have, were you given the opportunity to resolve the issue during there stay?

I personal feeling is that if I was made aware of a problem straight away and during there stay and If i failed to rectify a problem within an acceptable timeframe I would offer a refund.

If I wasn't made aware of a problem straight away and therefore not given the opportunity to rectify the issue, or if they said nothing until after they left then I would not offer a refund.
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