Terms and Conditions

The Terms and Conditions of the holiday letting as agreed to by both parties are as follows. Departure from these conditions by the guest permits the property owner or the agent (First National Gerringong) to refuse access, amend the tariff or immediately terminate the occupancy. The Terms and Conditions are to be read in conjunction with the Booking Confirmation letter and Security Bond form, which set out the details of the property being booked, the date and duration of the stay and the due dates for payments of monies.

ACCESS TO THE PROPERTY CANNOT BE GRANTED UNTIL WE HAVE RECEIVED FULL PAYMENT OF THE TARIFF AND BOOKING FEE ALONG WITH THE SIGNED TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND SECURITY BOND FORM.

BOOKING TERMS

1.      For all bookings, the balance of the tariff is to be paid no less than 14 days prior to the arrival date. For bookings made within 14 days of arrival date, full payment must be made at the time of making the booking. For Christmas Holiday bookings, the full balance of the tariff must be paid no later than the 1st of December.

2.      Re-booking rights may only be offered over the Christmas Holidays and at the discretion and approval of the owner. Re-booking will be confirmed upon payment of the holding deposit and will only be accepted where the previous occupation has been satisfactory.

3.      All bookings made more than 6 months prior to arrival require a payment of a $200 holding deposit within 7 days to secure the booking, with the remainder of the 50% deposit due no less than 6 months prior to arrival date and the balance of the tariff due no less than 14 days prior to arrival.

4.      Bookings will only be confirmed once a 50% deposit and the $40 booking fee have both been paid. Confirmation is subject to the completion and return of the signed Terms & Conditions and Security Bond form prior to your arrival.

5.      Failure to meet the above terms or refusal to sign the Terms & Conditions and complete the Security Bond form may result in the automatic cancellation of your booking. No refund of monies paid will be offered unless the property is re-booked for the entire period as per the Cancellations terms below.

6.      If paying by VISA or MasterCard a 2% surcharge applies to all payments. Where a payment is overdue or a booking is made less than 14 days prior to arrival, payment by VISA or MasterCard with accompanying surcharge may be the only option available.

CANCELLATIONS

1.      Cancellation of a booking will result in the full forfeit of moneys paid unless the property is re-booked for the entire period. If the property is only re-booked for part of the period, a partial refund may be offered only at the discretion of the owner.

2.      In the event that a refund is offered, a $50 administrative fee will apply and will be subtracted from the refundable amount. In all cases, booking fees and credit card surcharges are non-refundable.

3.      Requests by the guest to change or extend confirmed booking dates are subject to the approval of the owner and the agent, and where approved may incur a re-booking fee of $40.

4.      All cancellations or requests to change booking dates must be received in writing.

5.      If a booking is cancelled due to payment not being received by the due date and is later reinstated, a re-booking fee of $40 may apply to reinstate the booking.

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1.      First National Gerringong cannot accept responsibility for actions taken by the owner of the premises outside our control and we reserve the right to cancel any booking as per the owner's instruction. In this event, we will notify the guest as soon as possible and do our best to arrange other accommodation or dates. If this is not possible all deposit monies paid will be refunded but no other claim, right, action or demand shall exist or be made by either party.

2.      The premises are leased for holiday purposes only and strictly for the period stated in the Booking Letter. Under no circumstances is any commercial enterprise to be conducted from the property.

3.      It is the guest's responsibility to check that the booking dates are correct and advise the agent immediately if there are any irregularities. First National Gerringong will not be held responsible for any missed discrepancies.

4.      The guest making the booking must be present at the property for the duration of the booking and will be held responsible for the conduct of all other guests and visitors.

5.      Bookings will commence and keys may be collected from 2:30pm on the day of arrival and the property must be vacated by 9:30am on the day of departure, or 1:00pm if the day of departure falls on a Sunday and Public Holiday.

6.      Keys must be returned to our office by the specified check-out time or you may incur a late check-out fee. If the agent is required to attend the property to collect keys or as a result of the property being left unsecure a call-out fee of $50 may apply.

7.   Our opening hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm Saturday, and 10:00am to 3:00pm Sunday. This does not include Public Holidays. In order to collect keys outside these times, this needs to be arranged prior to arrival. Under no circumstances will keys be distributed without the full accommodation being paid and all paperwork completed.

8.      The guest must supply the agent with a signed Security Bond form before the booking commences with credit card details to be held as a security deposit of up to $1000 against claims for late departure, excess rubbish, additional cleaning and damage to the property or its contents. The guest's credit card details will be stored securely and destroyed once no longer required. The liability of the guest shall be the full cost of all excess charges and/or repairs whatever that may be. Should the guest not be the holder of a credit card, cash deposit will be accepted.

9.      The agent will describe the property and location in good faith and to the best of their ability. It is the responsibility of the guest to assess the suitability of the accommodation for their needs. Claims for discounts or refunds will not be entertained for reasons of unsuitable accommodation.

10.   At the time of booking the guest must nominate the maximum number of people that will occupy the property and this number must not be exceeded under any circumstances. Bookings will not be accepted where the number of guests exceeds the maximum number of occupants as advertised in the property description.

11.   If the guests are found to have exceeded the accepted number of occupants upon the property, the tenancy will be immediately terminated and the guests must vacate the property immediately. Under these circumstances no refund will be given and alternative accommodation will not be made available.

12.  Unless otherwise stated, linen is not provided. Guests must provide their own bed sheets, pillow cases and towels. Sheets and pillow cases must be used on all beds. Should the agent reasonably believe that linen was not used, the guest will be responsible for the cost of laundering all bedding.

13.   Each property may have additional rules or conditions that apply to their property. These will be displayed within the property and will form part of these Terms and Conditions.

14.   Items left at the premises will not be automatically returned. Any found items will be held for a maximum of 2 weeks and then disposed of or passed on to charity. Items will be returned only upon receipt of payment for postage and packaging costs.

15.   In the event of the property being for sale, inspections may be necessary during reasonable hours by appointment.

16.   Unless otherwise specifically stated, pets are not permitted upon the property. If the property is pet friendly the guest will be responsible for the removal of fleas, faeces, etc. from the property upon vacating. If extra cleaning is required, the cleaning costs will be deducted from the guest's Security Bond. If guests are found to have a brought pet onto the property without written consent, the Security Bond may be forfeited in full.

17.  Guests locked out of the property outside working hours or who require the agent to deliver keys to them during working hours may be required to pay a $50 call-out fee. If a locksmith is required, the guest will be responsible for the payment of the locksmith's bill.

18.  Any and all damages, breakage or losses to the property, common areas, furniture or fixtures and fittings of the property must be reported to the agent and paid for by the guest immediately. Should the guest discover any damages or faults upon arrival, they must immediately advise the agent or the damage/fault will be considered to have occurred during the guest's stay and charged accordingly. All damages and extra cleaning will be deducted from the Security Bond.

19.   The guest agrees to leave the property in a clean and tidy state with rubbish removed from the property and placed in external bins. Red bins are for general waste, yellow bins are for recycling material only, and green bins are not to be used. Excess rubbish that does not fit into the bins at the property must be disposed of responsibly by the guest. Failure to do so or misuse of the external bins will incur a charge for rubbish removal which will be deducted from your Security Bond.

20.   All plates, glasses, cutlery, utensils, etc. used by the guest must be washed, dried and packed away before vacating. The property should be left in the same condition upon departure as it was found on arrival. Any additional costs where an unreasonable amount of cleaning is required must be paid for by the guest.

21.   Barbeques must be left in a clean and tidy state ready to be used by the next guest. Guests may be charged a $50 fee if the barbeque is not cleaned before departure. If the barbeque dirty on arrival guests should contact the agent immediately. If the gas bottle runs out, guests may take the bottle to Gerringong Hardware on Rowlins Road and advise them of the holiday property address for a “Swap & Go” replacement gas bottle.

22.   No responsibility will be taken for any personal belongings of the guest. Any required insurance for guests belongings must be arranged the guest. No liability is accepted by First National Gerringong or the property owner for any injury, debt, damage, loss, delay or inconvenience caused by events outside the agent or owner's control.

23.   Bookings are taken by the agent on behalf of the owner. If the property is sold, First National Gerringong cannot guarantee that the new owner will continue to make the property available for holiday letting.

24.   The property is not a party house any such activities are strictly prohibited. Any gatherings, celebrations or entertainment at the property must be approved by the owner and the agent prior to arrival. Guests must make every possible effort to ensure that they do not interfere or cause a nuisance to neighbours. Excessive or offensive noise is prohibited an may result in termination of permission to occupy the property, eviction, loss of tariff paid and extra charges for security and other expenses which may be deducted from the Security Bond. Loud music, televisions or any other excessive noise will not be permitted between 9:00pm and 7:00am. Should complaints be received, the agent may have to terminate your tenancy.

25.   In strata titled properties, strata by-laws must be complied with at all times. First National Gerringong has no control over the by-laws posted on strata titled properties. Any breach of these conditions may result in immediate termination of your tenancy.

26.   The agent may refuse to accept any booking where the agent has been instructed by the owner or where the agent believes the booking is not in the best interest of the owner.

27.   All guests are responsible for keeping the property secure throughout their stay and upon vacating all doors and windows are to be securely locked on departure. If there is an alarm at the property and it is not turned on when vacating, guests may be charged accordingly for not securing the premises. If the property is damaged or entered due to failure to secure the property, an amount equal to or no less than the insurance excess will be taken from your Security Bond.

28.   All property interiors are non-smoking. Guests failing to abide by this term may be responsible for the cost of cleaning all carpet, furnishings and window coverings, and any other associated costs for damage to the property.

29.   Guests must comply with any instructions from First National Gerringong during the stay including allowing repair or service personnel to enter the property for the purpose of conducting any repair or service deemed necessary by the agent.

30.   All repairs will be affected as soon as practicable. On Public Holidays, weekends and after hours this may at times prove difficult. First National Gerringong will attempt to minimise inconvenience caused but cannot issue partial refunds or give discounts. In the event of a major problem rendering the property uninhabitable, we will make every effort to find alternative suitable accommodation for guests.

31.   Neither the owner nor the agent is responsible nor has any control over building or renovation work being carried out on neighbouring properties, public areas and tourist attractions and cannot issue refunds in the event of such circumstances.

32.   These Terms and Conditions may be varied at any time without notice. Always refer back to First National Gerringong's website for the current Terms and Conditions. A printed copy of the Terms and Conditions can also be obtained the agent.

33.   Any written or verbal description of the property by First National Gerringong and its employees will be made in good faith, however no responsibility for contested description can be accepted.

34.   A call out fee of $50 may apply where the agent is required to attend the property outside of normal business hours.

35.   Any moving of furniture at the property that is not returned to its original state or any damage caused to the property or furnishings from moving furniture will be charged to the guest's Security Bond accordingly.

36.   Guests must abide by any noise abatement conditions, parking regulations, standards and orders issued by police or any regulatory authority to minimise impacts upon the residential amenity of neighbours and local community. Failure to do so may result in immediate termination of your tenancy and eviction from the property.

37.   No firecrackers are to be used at any time whilst staying at the property. Complaints received from neighbours may result in a fine taken from your Security Bond or immediate termination of your tenancy and eviction from the property. No open fire pits are permitted at any time throughout the year and will result in an immediate termination of your tenancy.

38.   If there is a pool or other large body of water on or nearby the property, the guest must provide adequate supervision of any children at the property at all times and gates to fenced off areas must remain closed when not in use. First National Gerringong cannot not be held responsible for any incidents arising from a lack of supervision.

39.   Guests must abide by Kiama Municipality Council's Development Control Plan for Short Term Rental Accommodation at all times during their stay. A copy of the conditions will be located at the property in the information booklet or can be obtained on request from the agent.