We simply ask that our guests be respectful of our house and our neighbors.
For our neighbors- No late night parties, inside-voices on the balcony late at night and in the stairwell of the building at all times (we all live pretty close together in the city!) and please do not throw any trash not even cigarette butts off of the balcony (we have an ash tray for that!). Please no stomping competitions or Tim, our downstairs neighbor, will kill us when we get back!
For our house - Generally just please treat our stuff with care as you would your own. You are welcome to use teas coffees, oil/spices, any perishable fruit or veg we may have left behind for you, and condiments, but please don't eat our other food or drink our booze! Also, if you break something, please let us know immediately so we can tell you how much cash to leave for replacement. On that note, please don't use the crystal glasses because, I promise you, you don't want to have to pay to replace those!
I am an American, raised abroad, with family and friends scattered about the globe - So although my husband and I have a beautiful apartment in Harlem that we love we are often running off to other cities and continents to see our family and friends and have adventures. I am a lawyer and my husband is a professor. We both have degrees in theology, love wine, good food, art, theater, a good debate, and of course our dog!
We use Airbnb both as guests and hosts and we always treat others' homes as we hope and expect guests in our home do, with respect and care.