Frequently Asked Rental Questions

If you have never vacationed in a Gulf Coast condo or beach home before, or if this is your first time with Southern Vacation Rentals, you may have a few questions about what to expect of us and your rental.

Read through our frequently asked rental questions to learn more about vacationing in a Southern condo or home. If you still have questions, please feel free to call, email or live chat with a member of our team.

Check-in is after 4PM local time, and check-out is by 9AM. Early check-in and late check-out are available for purchase on select rentals. Ask your reservation agent if your rental qualifies, or if you have already reserved, contact our team to make your request.
Approximately 85% of our properties have keyless locks and it is noted on the property page online. This keyless system allows entry into the vacation rental through the issue of a “code” rather than a physical key. The code changes for every reservation so it is an incredibly safe alternative. By issuing the code prior to arrival, the check-in process is much easier.
If your rental has a keyless lock, please go directly to your rental. Physical check-in at our office is not required during your stay. If your property requires a key for access and our office is closed, your arrival packets and rental keys will be placed in a secure lockbox at our local office. Your pre-arrival email will contain access instructions, including a code for the lockbox.
Yes. We do not rent to vacationing students or singles under 25 years of age.
    Southern Vacation Rentals provides a departure clean on all stays. We also provide an initial supply of towels and linens, as well as trash liners, toilet paper, bath soap and dishwasher soap. Laundry facilities are provided either in the rental property or on the grounds. A mid-week clean can be provided for an additional fee.
All of our vacation rentals are furnished and have a kitchen or kitchenette with amenities including a microwave, coffee maker, toaster and blender. Each property is stocked with all cooking and serving including plates, bowls and utensils, as well as a can opener, corkscrew measuring spoons and more. While we do provide bath towels and bed linens, we do ask that you bring your own beach towels.
Book as early as possible if planning to travel for spring break, during our busy summer season or during fall break. It is also best to book early if planning to travel around a major holiday, such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Labor Day.
One week minimum stays will apply for certain properties during summer and holiday periods, with Friday or Saturday arrival and departure. During the off-season, we are typically more flexible with minimum nights, but it is dependent on the vacation rental.
Several of our Northwest Florida and Coastal Alabama vacation rentals accept small pets under 25lbs for a nominal fee.
We require a reservation deposit at time of booking. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to arrival on most properties. On some larger homes we require full payment 90 days prior to arrival.