1. CONTRACT OF HIRE
The hiring contract will be between you the hirer and the Owner of the property for which the booking is made and shall be deemed to be made subject to these Conditions of Hire and governed by English Law. The contract is for the hire of the property for holiday purposes only. The Contract of Hire is not effective until written confirmation of the booking is dispatched to the Hirer.
2. INITIAL PAYMENT
Bookings will be confirmed upon receipt of the required deposit payment. However, if the booking is made within SIX weeks of the holiday commencement date, the full accommodation rental will be required.
3. BALANCE PAYMENT
The Balance of the Hire will be due for payment SIX weeks before the holiday commencement date. The Owner reserves the right to cancel a holiday where full payment has not been received less than 21 days before the holiday commencement date. The deposit paid on the booking is non-refundable.
4. CREDIT CARDS AND BANK TRANSFERS
Payments for holiday bookings may be made by credit or debit card with a 2% charge levied on credit card payments. Payments made by bank transfer should INCLUDE any handling charges / any bank charges are to be borne by the customer.
5. VALUE ADDED TAX
Where VAT applies to the property rental, it is included in the quoted price at the rate of the time of printing i.e. 20%. All VAT inclusive rentals are subject to change if the rate changes. Please note that the Confirmation of Booking is not a VAT invoice.
6. CONFIRMATION OF BOOKING
Once a Confirmation of Booking has been issued, either by post or email, the Hirer is responsible for the published price of the property and any extras as shown on the confirmation. Any amendments to bookings, where applicable, will be subject to a £35 administration fee.
7. BOOKING CANCELLATION
Customers are strongly advised to make their arrangements to ensure cover. If you are forced to cancel your holiday you must inform the Owner immediately. In all cases of cancellation the deposit is forfeited.
The use of accommodation and amenities, where offered, such as hot tub is entirely at the user’s risk, and no responsibility can be accepted for injury, or loss or damage to user’s or visitor’s belongings.
9. PARTY MAKE UP AND NUMBERS
Under NO circumstances may more than the maximum number of persons, as stated in the brochure/website, occupy a property. Single sex parties must be advised to the owner at the time of booking. Failure to do so may result in loss of deposit. Owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or eject customers if these conditions are not observed. In addition the Owners reserve the right to refuse or revoke bookings from parties that may in their opinion (and at their sole discretion) be unsuitable for the property concerned. No properties or rooms within properties can, under any circumstances be sublet to a third party or be supplied/used by guests not named at the point of booking. In all instances, the Owners reserve the right to refuse bookings if, in their opinion, this condition is violated.
10. HIRER’S RESPONSIBILITIES
The Hirer is responsible for the property and is expected totake reasonable care of it. All equipment, utensils, etc must be left clean and correctly replaced to their original location, and the property must be left clean and tidy at the end of the hire period.
All damages, breakages and moving of furniture are the legal responsibility of the Hirer and the Hirer’s party. They must be notified to the owner or keyholder before the end of the holiday. Their cost(s) shall be refundable on demand. However, minor damage or breakages will not normally be charged but we do reserve the right to charge bad tenants for extra cleaning, breakage or damage and may refuse future bookings.
The Holiday Home owner reserves the right to repossess the Holiday Home at any time, where the Hirer or any member of the Hirer’s party has caused damage. The Holiday Home Owner shall not be liable to make a refund of any remaining portion of the hire terms paid.
Any Damages/Security Deposits charged by the owner and administered by the Owner will be cashed no more than one week before the holiday start date to allow for bank clearance and reimbursed promptly after the holiday (less any penalties which may be incurred). The Owner reserves the right to request payment of a security deposit should it be deemed necessary.
In the event of any dispute between parties it shall be referred to the jurisdiction of the English courts only and any actions shall be heard in the court for the area in which the property is located. Any disputes arising between you and the Owner, if not mutually resolved, can be referred to a single arbitrator agreed, or in the default of such agreement, to the President for the time being of the Law Society or Institute of Arbitrators. In either case, such arbitration would be subject to the provisions of the Arbitration Act of 1996 or any statutory modification thereof for the time being in force. All parties will contribute equally to the cost of Arbitration.
13. FORCE MAJEURE
Except where otherwise expressly stated in these Booking Conditions, we regret that we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation as a result of “force majeure”. In these Terms and Conditions “force majeure” means an event beyond the reasonable control of the Owner which the Owner could not, even with all due care, forsee or avoid including, but not limited to strike, lock-out, labour dispute, act of God, acts of terrorism, war, riot, civil commotion, malicious damage, compliance with a law or Governmental order, rule, regulation or direction, accident, breakdown of plant or machinery, insolvency or bankruptcy of Owner, fire, flood, snow and storm, difficulty or increased cost in obtaining workers, goods or transport and other circumstances affecting the supply of goods or services.
The Hiring Contract is made on the understanding that the property and it’s facilities will be available for the dates states. Without prejudice to the foregoing, in the event that the property is not available or unuseable through events arising outside of the control of the Owner then the Owner may be forced to cancel the booking. The Hirer will be advised as early as possible. The Hirer will not have any further claims agains the owner. No compensation, costs, expenses or other sums (including without limitation the cost of securing alternative accommodation) will be payable in any other such circumstances by the owner.