My husband and I own a vacation rental property in Arecibo, PR. Right now we're living in CT and have a caretaker looking after our property in PR. We currently have our house in CT for sale and plan on moving to PR as soon as we sell. The plan is to rent or buy another house in the Arecibo area and continue to rent our main house as a vacation property.
For the past year we've only done very short term rentals, no longer than 2 weeks at a time. The house is listed on Homeaway,Airbnb & TripAdvisor. I've only used their standard rental agreements and have had no problems. I've just received a request for a couple to rent our house for 3 months next winter. In some states in the US, if a person occupies a property for more than 28 days and receives mail there, they are considered a tenant. If they refuse to leave, you then have to go through an eviction process. I was wondering if there is a way to protect myself in PR from that. If I have a rental agreement that states the dates of the 3 month rental period,would that be enough to protect myself on the off chance that the people refused to leave at the end of their agreement? Would the police remove them or would I be forced to go through court proceedings? I've heard horror stories from Airbnb owners of things like this happening to them and just wondered what the process is in PR. Thank you for any help you can give.