Contracts shall be between the person signing the booking form (hereinafter called the hirer) and Mrs. J. Ferrar (hereinafter called the Owner) and is deemed to have been made at Benington Old House, Benington, Stevenage, Hertfordshire; the proper law of the Contract is English.
Bookings will be confirmed on receipt of the signed booking form accompanied by a deposit of one quarter of the rent. This deposit is non-returnable. The hirer is liable for full payment of the balance of rent six weeks before the start of the tenancy. If for any reason prior to the six weeks, the Hirer wishes to cancel, every effort will be made to re-let the property. If re-let, the Hirer will only forfeit his deposit plus any losses incurred by the Owner. After the balance of rent is due at six weeks, no refunds can be made.
A security deposit of £50 for each week's holiday (or £25 for a short break) is payable with the balance. This deposit is refunded less any charges for damage, additional cleaning if the property has been left in an unsatisfactory condition and any unnecessary charges, the remaining sum will be refunded upon return of the key.
The cottage is non-smoking.
The tenancy confers upon the Hirer the right to occupy for a holiday within the meaning of section 9 of the Rent Act 1977. The letting commences at 3.30 pm on the first day of the tenancy and ends at 10.30 am on the day of departure.
The Hirer is responsible for the property and is expected to take all reasonable care of it allowing the Owner or her Agents reasonable access, leaving it in a clean and tidy condition and allowing only those persons named on the booking form to occupy the property. An inventory will be found at the property and will be assumed to be correct unless any discrepancies are reported to the Owner or Caretaker within 24 hours of arrival.
If for any reason beyond the Owner's control, the property is not available for the dates booked (e.g. fire damage) all money paid by the Hirer will be refunded in full, but this is the Owner's sole liability.
The Owner does not accept liability for any accident, damage, loss, injury, expense or inconvenience whether to person or property, which the Hirer or any other person may suffer or incur arising out of, or in any way connected with the letting.
If the Hirer feels he has any grounds for complaint, such complaint must be taken up immediately with the Owner so that remedial action may be taken if required. In no circumstances will compensation be made at a later date.
Pets are only permitted with the prior consent of the Owner and when permitted are to be kept under control and exercised off the premises. Pets must remain downstairs and off furniture, their owner accepting full liability for any damage done and supplying bedding for them. They must not be left unattended in the property (unless in a dog cage - which most people now seem to have) and the property Owner can accept no responsibility for their safety.
If there shall be a breach of any of these conditions, the Owner reserves the right to re-enter the property and terminate the tenancy without prejudice to the other rights and remedies of the Owner.
The person signing the booking form, who must be a member of the party intending to occupy the property, certifies they are authorised to agree the Conditions of booking on behalf of all persons named on the booking form, including those substituted or added at a later date.