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To think if your holiday rental doesn't start till Saturday then you can't expect to turn up on Friday.

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VivaLeBeaver Mon 25-Mar-13 15:44:45

Seriously, I think some people are slightly unhinged.

We had a last minute holiday rental in France last week, booked direct through the owner who lives in the UK.

Late Friday night a couple turned up and were suprised to find us there.

The deal with the keys were you went to a garage in the apartment block and got two sets of keys out a secure coded box on the wall. As we were leaving 6am on Saturday I'd put one of they keys in the box - they'd actually got the key and came into the apartment.

Apparantly they thought the apartment had been empty the week before their booking so thought they'd sneak in a day earlier. They then asked if they could stay in the apartment on the bed settee that night as it was late and they had no idea where else to go.

I feel a bit of a bitch now but I said no and took the key off them and practically frog marched them out! No idea where they went as we were off early the next day.

LightTheLampNotTheRat Mon 25-Mar-13 15:46:21

Nuts! Them, not you. I'd have been outraged.

CrazyOldCatLady Mon 25-Mar-13 15:46:40

Holy moley. I'd have done the same. The cheeky feckers!

PurpleStorm Mon 25-Mar-13 15:48:34

YANBU.

Anyone with any sense at all will realise that it's entirely possible for people to have booked the property for the week before them, and in this case, the other holidaymakers probably won't be leaving until the Saturday morning.

Utter madness to turn up a night early and expect to be able to stay in the property unless you've made special arrangements with the owners.

Tee2072 Mon 25-Mar-13 15:49:34

Wow. That's very cheeky. I'd be sure to tell the owner.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 25-Mar-13 15:50:02

They said it was because on the owner's website it still showed availability to book. So they assumed it was empty.

Wishiwasanheiress Mon 25-Mar-13 15:50:13

Damn lucky u were that polite and didn't scream burglary etc and chase em with a knife! Silly people. Def not bu!!!

Annunziata Italy Mon 25-Mar-13 15:51:17

YANBU.

We had a family try to extend their stay a few days in our villa doing the same thing. It's stealing, really.

PurpleStorm Mon 25-Mar-13 15:53:21

Even if the website still showed availability and the property was empty, it's still unreasonable to just turn up early unannounced.

Aside from anything else, they've not paid for the Friday night.

HesterShaw Mon 25-Mar-13 15:53:51

Ha ha ha! Am actually laughing out loud at that.

The cheek of some people is sometimes almost to be admired. Certainly marvelled at.

Bad bastards.

HesterShaw Mon 25-Mar-13 15:54:01

Mad, not bad.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 25-Mar-13 15:54:28

I just keep wondering what they did as it was so late, dark outside, its quite a small village a fair distance from other places and they'd driven 15 hours non stop to get there.

She just kept saying that we wouldn't know they were there and what difference would it make if we were just about to go to bed and then get up first thing and leave.

kinkyfuckery Mon 25-Mar-13 15:56:19

Cheeky cunts!

PurpleStorm Mon 25-Mar-13 15:57:34

Well, they'll have learnt a valuable lesson about not being so cheeky next time.

Annunziata Italy Mon 25-Mar-13 15:57:34

The cheek of her! Outrageous.

Tee2072 Mon 25-Mar-13 15:58:15

What difference would it make? Well, they haven't paid for one thing and you have!

Doyouthinktheysaurus Mon 25-Mar-13 15:58:58

OMG, they are bonkersshock

You did exactly the right thing, that is so cheeky!

Christ, when we are in holiday lets, I never arrive before the due time and always leave before the expected time! We have left a day early before but we'd never arrive a day earlyhmm

theoriginalandbestrookie Mon 25-Mar-13 15:58:58

Oh that's funny. You did the right thing.

Perhaps if they had volunteered to pay 1/7 of your weekly rental then you could have let them stay. Apart from anything else it spoils the end of your holiday. Cheeky sods.

Lottashakingoinon Mon 25-Mar-13 15:59:09

Love the way she was guilt tripping you Viva. It was utterly not your problem...after all, what would they have done if you hadn't put your keys in the safe in the first place? Though I bet you're wishing to fuck now that you hadn't!

Makes me think, though, that the landlord should maybe change the code between tenants.

And presumably they could sleep in the car: not ideal but it was their fault.

shewhowines Mon 25-Mar-13 15:59:30

Presumably it was a very uncomfortable night in the car, squashed in with the luggage. Still that was the risk they took ......

Why am I taking delight in that notion? smile

God no, why on earth would you pay for exclusive use of a property only to have strangers camping out because they are assuming they can unlawfully use something they aren't entitled to. They probably weren't meant to come in until after lunch either, right?

Make sure you tell the owners so they know not to book with them again.

I think I would have shrieked "get out before I call the police!" so I think YABCR.

Locketjuice Mon 25-Mar-13 16:01:11

I laughed so if its serious YANBU!

They sound nuts!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 25-Mar-13 16:01:25

They couldn't have slept in the car, it was snowing like mad and really cold. They'd have had to have found somewhere to sleep.

I'd be letting the owner know tbh. We once had a holiday let in Skye that was Saturday to Saturday. The owners let us know that the cottage would be ready on the Friday if we wanted to go right from work. No extra charge, they were just being nice. They hid their keys under a flowerpot mind!

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