Extensive damage to a rental property is rare. Smaller damage, such as a scuffed piece of furniture, can happen from time to time. To protect your property from potential damage, you can require that travelers either purchase Property Damage Protection or pay for damages should they occur.

Property damage protection from CSA
Property damage protection is optional insurance purchased by travelers to help protect them from paying out of pocket for accidental damages to your property or belongings during their stay. You may suggest an insurance plan level, or travelers can select a  refundable damage deposit that's equivalent to the amount you have selected. If a traveler opts to pay the refundable deposit instead, it will be automatically refunded to them 14 days after their stay is complete unless you file a claim. 

Damage deposits
You can choose to protect your property by setting a damage deposit amount that your guest will be responsible for should they cause damages to your property. You will have up to 14 days after a guest checks out to file a claim. We will charge this amount on your behalf to the traveler’s credit card used for booking. 

In some instances, your guest may be asked to pay the damage deposit upfront at the time of booking, or during the last payment for multi-payment bookings. 

You can also require that travelers sign a legal rental agreement before arriving at the property. Your rental agreement can communicate exactly how you expect your property to be treated during their stay. Additionally, make sure your House Rules are completed so guests know your rules on maximum occupancy, minimum age of primary renter, if you allow events, children, smoking, and pets.