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April 9, 2020

TurnKey COVID-19 Updates

Last updated: May 27, 2020

Our top priority is the well-being of our employees, guests, homeowners and our communities across the country. Today, this commitment is more important than ever.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have taken precautions to ensure that our home care procedures are in accordance with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and that homeowners and travelers are provided with options and resources regarding their travel.

This page shares details of our response to the spread of COVID-19, including any updates to our policies and efforts to keep you safe.

TurnKey’s COVID-19 Response Network

When the COVID-19 outbreak began, we established a comprehensive response network to research updates and coordinate responses nationally and in more than 80 markets across the U.S. We have dedicated teams in each market we serve to ensure we identify and respond to developments affecting our homes and communities, and become a resource for homeowners, vendors, guests and employees.

Today, as market closures either extend or begin to relax, TurnKey continues to monitor these updates to share valuable information with our homeowners and guests. We have also developed this useful resource page tracking short-term rental updates in our destinations across the U.S., updated regularly.

TurnKey Professional Housekeeping Standards

TurnKey’s existing home cleaning standards and processes already focus on disinfecting homes between each stay for our guests and owners. We also facilitate contactless check-in with our custom digital locks.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we enhanced our patented GuestWorks® cleaning system and verification technology to include updated home cleaning checklists, as well as confirmation and photo-verification of the use of EPA-approved COVID-19 fighting products, as identified by the American Chemistry Council's Center for Biocide Chemistries.

To further elevate cleanliness and safety standards, TurnKey will develop a certification program in its system, technology and new standards, which all housekeeping vendors will be required to take to obtain the certification. This will launch in May 2020.

In addition, we continue to work with our extensive network of local housekeepers by reinforcing procedures in line with CDC guidelines. We also emphasize effective hygiene practices and safety recommendations for our employees and housekeeping network, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth – especially after touching an unclean surface.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Frequently clean and disinfect high-touch objects and surfaces.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – here’s how the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends washing hands – and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Guest Reservations and FAQ

Our homes, technology and management procedures help us limit in-person interactions during this time. All of our private, whole-home rentals include digital, keyless locks, allowing guests to avoid key exchanges. We also updated our processes to ensure that our local teams and vendors do not visit a home during a guest stay. 

For guests with existing reservations, we encourage you to review local travel recommendations and restrictions to help limit the spread of COVID-19. For your convenience, here are links to the United States Department of State Travel Advisories, CDC travel advisories and the Canada Authority Advisory. You can also view this helpful resource tracking market openings and closures across our U.S. destinations.

Due to unforeseen events that could disrupt your travel, we strongly recommend affordable travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Through our partner we offer two options to cover your needs: Standard Travel Protection and Cancel For Any Reason Travel Protection. You can click here to view the insurance policies provided by our partner, including any coverage limitations.

Rescheduling or cancelling an upcoming trip? 

We’re all deeply affected by the disruption that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing, and completely empathize with guests not being able to travel during this time. Due to this situation, we have worked with our homeowners to change our policies on non-refundable bookings to make them more flexible, allowing guests to secure a credit toward a future stay (full details here). 

We’ve also made it quick and easy to cancel your reservation via the TurnKey Guest Portal by clicking the “CANCEL MY RESERVATION” button. This will automatically secure your credit toward a future stay.

Flexible cancellation and credit policy

In coordination with TurnKey homeowners, we implemented a new, more flexible policy for travel affected by COVID-19, and you can find the full details on our blog.  

If you would like to reschedule, all you need to do is cancel your reservation on or before your original check-in date, or June 1, 2020, whichever comes first. Then you have until February 1, 2021, to reschedule your stay for any time before October 1, 2021.

This policy includes the following options:

  • For guests with bookings 30 days or less from check-in: You can cancel to receive a credit in the full amount you paid toward a future stay at the same home with a check-in date any time before October 1, 2021.

  • For guests with bookings more than 30 days from check-in: You can cancel to receive a credit for your 10% down payment toward a future stay at any home with a check-in date any time before October 1, 2021. 

In addition, if you’ve paid in full for your reservation and want to reschedule for similar dates and days of week next year, we will guarantee you receive the same pricing on that home. Please note, our pricing system can’t do this automatically, so you may not see this reflected on our website. This can take some time for our team to work through, but you will not pay more for the same trip next year if you are booking with the same dates.

When ready to use your credit to rebook, please call TurnKey at 888-512-0498. Please note that we continue to experience higher than normal call volumes and long wait times as we work with each guest individually. We appreciate your patience.

Housing for COVID-19 Responders

In partnership with our incredible homeowners, we initiated the TurnKey Cares Relief Housing Program on April 10, 2020, offering thousands of homes for COVID-19 responders at complimentary or significantly discounted rates through May 31, while they perform their critical services. We have worked with local organizations in the markets we serve, as well as partners like Airbnb to connect our homes with those in need of housing.

To all COVID-19 responders, we thank you for your service in support of our communities across the U.S.

Homeowner Information

We know this is a time of great uncertainty and concern, but we are in this together with you. As we work toward our priority – the health and safety of you, your home, your guests, and our employees – we will continue to share valuable information and updates on our policies and local market orders, as well as statements from sources like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call or email your Homeowner Success Manager, or login to your owner dashboard and submit a question on your Project Board.

Additional Questions? 

We know there is a lot of uncertainty about this unprecedented crisis.  We are doing the best we can to keep up with rapidly changing situations, and regularly updating this page to keep you informed.

If you have questions or concerns, we're here for you. Please call 888-512-0498 to speak with our Guest Experience team.

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