FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DESPERATION ISLE ESTATES
DO I HAVE TO BE A PREMIUM SUBSCRIBER TO RENT LAND HERE?
No, any resident of Second Life, verified or unverified, basic or premium, can rent land on one of the Desperation Isle estates.
DO I HAVE TO PAY LINDEN LAB ANY LAND USE FEES WHEN I RENT YOUR LAND?
No, when you rent on one of our islands you do not have to pay any additional fees to Linden Lab. You do not have to worry about "tier" or "land use fees." You simply pay Wildefire Walcott by using the rent box she provides you.
HOW DO I FIND LAND TO RENT?
The first thing you have to do is find a lot that's available for rent. To do that, you just teleport to one of our islands, and then enable the following options in your Second Life client: View > Property Lines and View > Land Owners. Lots that are available for rent will have a brown/orange color, where as land that's already rented will be red, purple, aqua, or green.
HOW DO I RENT LAND ON ONE OF THE ISLANDS?
Once you find a vacant lot, stand on it and go to World > About Land. On the General tab of About Land, click the Buy Land button. If you don't have enough Lindens in your Second Life account, you will be given the option to buy some. Once you buy the land, it should turn green (if you have View > Land Owners turned on) and the land is yours! The next step is to IM Wildefire Walcott and tell her you rented the land. She will set up a rent box for you and send you information on how to find it to pay your rent.
DO I HAVE TO PAY A LARGE 'PURCHASE PRICE' BEFORE I CAN RENT HERE?
In order to acquire a spot to rent, you must "buy" the land for a price equal to one week's rent. This fee is a refundable deposit that covers your rent until your rent box is set up. Once you make your first payment to the rent box, Wildefire will return some or all of your deposit to you, depending on how many days pass before you make your first rent box payment. For example, if you're able to make your first rent box payment on the same day that you take possession of your land, she will refund the entire deposit amount to you. If it takes her two days to set up the box, or if it takes YOU two days to pay it, Wildefire will subtract two days' worth rent from the deposit and refund you the rest. You won't be losing money either way; it just sometimes takes a day or two for her to get the rent boxes ready- especially if you're on different time zones. If you go for a whole week without paying your rent box, however, Wildefire will reclaim your land and keep the deposit. You can only get any of your deposit back by paying your rent box within your first week of residence.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RENT LAND AT DESPERATION ISLE ESTATES?
Our current prices will always be listed in the covenant of the property you wish to rent. To see the covenant, go to World > About Land and click the Covenant tab. This will list the weekly and monthly costs in both Lindens and USD (American dollars) for different sizes of land. Also be sure to look at the General tab of About Land, because that will tell you how large the current plot is, and will list the weekly rent in the land's description.
WHAT IF I CAN'T FIND THE SIZE OF LOT I'M LOOKING FOR?
Depending on your needs, we can join and split existing properties to give you the amount of land that suits your needs. We do not rent out anything smaller than 1024 square meters, and cannot split land such that it would result in 512m being left over. Otherwise, we're prety flexible.
HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO PAY RENT?
You can pay anywhere between 1 and 8 weeks at a time, but you must pay in multiples of weeks. For example, if your rent was L$1000/week, and you wanted to pay for a month in advance, you would just pay your rent box L$4000. You do not need to make any special arrangements to pay monthly.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON WHAT I CAN DO OR BUILD ON THE ISLANDS?
Our goal is to provide an attractive, comfortable community for our tenants, so there are indeed building guidelines. These are all outlined in the covenant. Basically, no clubs, casinos, or malls, and any buildings put on the ground must be attractive. Go to World > About Land and read the Covenant tab for complete rules.
IS VOICE SUPPORTED ON THESE ISLANDS?
Yes, voice is enabled at the region level for all Desperation Isle estates. Individual renters, however, have the power to disable voice on their own parcels. You can do this by selecting 'Disable spatial audio on this parcel' on the Media tab of About Land.
WILL THIS LAND BE RESTRICTED WHEN LINDEN LAB TURNS ON AGE VERIFICATION?
Renters will be able to choose their own classification. When Linden Lab enables the "Restricted" classification for individual properties, only residents who successfully go through the Second Life Age Verification process will be able to access Restricted land. It will be up to individual tenants to decide which classification to give their own properties, and Wildefire Walcott will not be held responsible for user actions.
CAN I RENT MY LAND OUT TO SOMEONE ELSE?
It is okay to furnish your land and rent it out to other residents for residential purposes, but your tenants must obey this covenant or risk being banned from the estate. Wildefire Walcott cannot be held responsible for any rental losses or advertising fees this may cause you. Also, you may not place "for rent" signs out on open land. If you have an office or store on the island, you may put your signs in there, but public advertising on the island is forbidden.
WHOM CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Please IM Wildefire Walcott with questions. She will respond to you as quickly as she can. You can also find a lot of information at the Desperation Isle Estates blog: http://desperationisle.blogspot.com/