Last updated: 12 July 2016
In these booking conditions, 'you' and 'your' means all people named on the booking form (including anyone who is added or replaced at a later date). 'We', 'us' and 'our' means StayHomeAway Ltd of 20 22 Wenlock Road, London. N1 7GU
Before booking through us, please read these booking conditions carefully and all the other information relevant to your booking, including:
We arrange bookings of properties and travel arrangements either as:
When you book a property either with us acting as agents for the owner or as agent for a partner company as set out above, or arrange any travel or other services through us, you are entering directly into a contract with the owner or the service provider (whichever applies) and we may charge a fee for arranging your booking (booking fee).
With the exception of package holiday bookings, as we act as agents when taking your booking, we accept no legal responsibility for any contract you enter into for the property or travel arrangements or for the acts or failure to act of any owner or supplier or other person connected with your booking. Your contract will be with the supplier of the arrangements. When making your booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the applicable supplier. Your booking with us is subject to these booking conditions and the specific terms and conditions of the supplier you contract with.
You may decide to make one or more bookings with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual booking. All arrangements are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one booking is made. This means that any multiple bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.
All properties on our website and in our brochures are offered by the owners and the property managers for the sole purpose of vacation home lettings, unless expressly agreed otherwise in writing by the owner and us. Accordingly you agree that your booking is for the sole purpose of holiday accommodation and accept that you are not offered any rights to the property other than the right to occupy the property as holiday accommodation for the period of your booking. No booking of any kind is an ‘Assured Shorthold Tenancy’ or protected under the Protection from Eviction Act of whichever country that you are letting from including USA, UK, Canada, Australia and the world.
1 Making your booking
All bookings depend on the property and other arrangements being available. You, as the person in charge of the party (“the party leader”), must be at least 18 years old at the time of booking. All other members of the party must authorise you to make the booking on the basis of these booking conditions. By making the booking, you confirm that you are authorised to make the booking and that all other members of the party agree that the booking will be governed by these booking conditions. You, as the party leader, are responsible for making all payments due to us.
As long as the property is available and we have received all the relevant payments from you, we will give you written confirmation (see below) as soon as reasonably possible. This confirmation will show your booking details, the amount you have paid and the amount you still owe for the booking. Your binding contract with the owner will begin when we issue you with the written confirmation on behalf of the owner. For bookings made within 14 days of the departure date, you will have a binding contract with the owner when you receive your email confirmation of your booking to you or your agent and you have made the appropriate payments to us or your travel agent. If we pay the deposit into our bank account, it will not mean we have accepted a booking unless we have received amount in full and confirmation sent issued you with written confirmation. Please do not make any other travel arrangements (such as flights) until we have issued you with a booking confirmation. We will send you your written confirmation either by post or by email. If you book with us online, we will acknowledge that we have received your booking and then send you confirmation by email. If you book by post or phone, we will send your confirmation to you by post unless you tell us at the time of booking that you would prefer it to be provided by email. It is your responsibility to check your emails regularly and to let us know about any change to your email address.
We, have the right to refuse any booking before we send you your written confirmation. If we do this, we will tell you in writing and promptly refund any money you have paid to us. In this case, neither we nor the owner or other service provider (if any) will have any legal responsibility to you.
As soon as you receive your confirmation, you must check the details carefully. If anything is not correct, you should tell us immediately. Please ensure that names are exactly as stated in the relevant passport. As we act only as booking agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us. If you book through a travel agent, we will send your confirmation and all other documents to your travel agent.
Where we offer the option of a provisional telephone booking, the property will be released for general sale after the agreed time period (usually 24 hours) unless you fully confirm the booking.
Even if we have sent a written confirmation, we on behalf of the owner, StayHomeAway or service provider, have the right to cancel a booking where there are reasonable grounds to believe that (i) it is not legitimate (ii) you are likely to breach any of our booking conditions (iii) information supplied by you in relation to your booking is incorrect. If we cancel your booking, we will tell you in writing and neither we nor the owner, or service provider will have any legal responsibility to you.
When you book, you must pay the deposit amount then due plus any applicable booking fee by debit or credit card, or BAC with the provided details. We only accept payment in the currency shown. We must then receive the rest of the money owed no less than 9 weeks or as stipulated by the owner, before the start of your stay. However, if you book less than 9 weeks before the start of your stay, we must receive full payment of the total cost of your booking (including any insurance premiums) when you make the booking. For any arrangements booked less than two weeks before the start of your stay, you must pay for the booking in full by debit or credit card, or by bank transfer, at the time of booking.
If you do not pay any payment due in relation to your booking by the appropriate date we, on behalf of the owner, or service provider, are entitled to assume that you want to cancel your booking. In this case, your booking will be cancelled immediately.
If you pay by credit card, we will make a credit card charge for each payment made this way to cover costs and charges we have to pay in connection with credit card payments. If your bank refuses to make your payment for any reason, we are entitled to make an administration charge of £27.
Except where otherwise advised or stated in, all monies you pay to us for the arrangements (except for insurance premiums, bookings fees and our commission) may sometimes be held by us on behalf of the owner, or service provider and forwarded on to them in accordance with our agreement with them.
We keep the prices charged by the owner or service provider under constant review and the prices of unsold arrangements may be increased or reduced at any time. We may also correct mistakes in the pricing of unsold arrangements at any time. We will confirm the price of your booking when you make it. As changes and mistakes can happen, you must check the price and all other details of your chosen arrangements at the time of booking.
All prices quoted or otherwise given to you include all charges and any taxes or government charges which may apply to your booking at the time it is made. You may be required to pay any additional taxes that arise after your booking has been confirmed.
We can pass on to you, in full, after we have confirmed your booking, all costs or charges the owner or service provider makes to us which are connected with your booking, including any price increases due to changes in the exchange rates of currency.
All accommodation prices are for the property as a whole and are not on a per person basis, except when an extra person charge applies or otherwise specified.
We can charge a booking fee for the services we provide in administering your booking. Any booking fee will be stated in our brochure and on our website and will be shown as a separate charge on your confirmation.
4 Offers with a low deposit
Occasionally we make offers giving you the chance to book properties with a deposit which is lower than usual. We will give you details of any extra terms that may apply to the offer before, or when, you make your booking. You should read these extra terms with these booking conditions as both apply to your booking. If you book a property with either no deposit or one which is lower than usual, you also agree to pay the difference between the amount paid and the usual deposit, plus any booking fee, ferry or Euro tunnel charges, the cost of any other travel arrangements included in your booking and any travel insurance premiums due, either at the time the balance of your booking is due or, if you cancel, at the time you cancel the booking. If you cancel, you must also pay all other cancellation charges which may apply. Please see section 7 for details on cancellations. You will still have to pay any travel insurance premiums at the time of booking if this is something you have chosen.
We can decide to extend or withdraw any offer at any time, should we wish to do so.
5 Brochure and website details
We aim to make sure that the information provided by owners, and service providers is presented accurately on our website, in brochures and other promotional literature or material we produce and provide. It is intended to present a general idea of the arrangements. Not all details of the relevant facilities can be included on our website. Furthermore, there may be small differences between the actual property/arrangements and its description. This is usually because the owners/service providers are always aiming to improve services and facilities. Occasionally, problems mean that some facilities or services are not available or may be restricted. If this happens, we will tell you as soon as reasonably practical after we become aware of the situation. We cannot accept responsibility for any changes or closures to local services or attractions mentioned in the brochure or on our website, by our advisers or advertised elsewhere. We make reasonable efforts to make sure that information we give you about your property and its facilities or services, as well as advertised travel and other services, is accurate and complete on the date given. We cannot accept responsibility for any inaccurate, incomplete or misleading information about any property/arrangements or its facilities and services, unless this was caused by our negligence.
Where Wi-Fi is an advertised facility, please note that its provision is subject to availability and network conditions. It may not be available 24 hours a day and is provided for pleasure not for business purposes. Though these days majority of WIFI are very efficient. Bookings are not accepted if they are wholly reliant on the uninterrupted, unlimited provision of Wi-Fi.
6 If you change or cancel your booking
If you want to change any detail of your confirmed booking, we will do our best to make the changes. However, we must receive your notice in writing by post or email. We may agree to accept notice over the telephone, but this should be arranged with us first. Also, we cannot guarantee that the owner or service provider concerned will be able to meet your request and we will have to check this with them. Changes can only be accepted in accordance with the owner/service provider’s terms and conditions. You may be asked to pay us an administration charge of $45/£29 for each change or $90/£59 for each change if we have already issued your travel documents. Plus, where the owner/service provider can meet your change request, you will have to pay any costs incurred by them in facilitating this change for you, which will be charged at the current brochure or website price, which may be different from the price in the brochure or website from which you booked your chosen arrangements. Some Owners/service providers may treat changes to your dates or property as a cancellation of the original booking and so you will have to pay cancellation charges.
b) Full cancellations If you have to, or want to, cancel your booking after it has been confirmed, you must phone us on the number shown on your booking confirmation as soon as possible. The day we receive your notice by phone to cancel is the date on which we will cancel your booking with the owner. Depending on your reason for cancellation, you may receive a refund (if authorised by the owner) of all money you have paid to us for your booking (apart from booking fees and, if it applies, the premium for any personal travel insurance you have arranged with us, any amendment charges, and credit-card charges you have already paid). We will also charge a cancellation administration fee of $90/£59 for each week or part of a week per booking.
The conditions for getting a refund referred to above only apply if the cancellation applies to all members of your party. All prices are for the whole property and not on a per person basis.
Under your contract with the owner, to qualify for a refund you must comply with the owner’s booking terms, accordingly.
We will ask you to fill in a booking cancellation form which may need signing by a medical practitioner or employer. In this case we may also need you to give us more information/evidence from other people (we will tell you at the time).
The following reasons for cancellation do not qualify for a refund as set out above:.
If the reason for cancellation does not fall within one of those given above, for example, you do not want to travel, your leave is cancelled by your employer (other than HM Forces or the police) and so on, you will have to pay a cancellation charge based on the number of days before the arrival date at the property that we receive notice, as shown in the following table. This means that if you have paid the balance of your total holiday cost and then have to, or want to, cancel, you may receive a refund of part of the cost. However, if you have not paid your total booking cost, including any booking fee and the premiums for any insurance (if you have bought this) by the time of your cancellation, you may have to make a further payment to cover the cancellation charge.
For the purpose of the table below, total cost means the total cost of the accommodation booking, including any extra items. You will still have to pay any insurance premiums, booking fees, credit-card charges and administration fees for making any changes. If you have already paid insurance premiums, booking fees, credit-card charges and administration fees, we will not refund these if you cancel.
If you have already paid insurance premiums, booking fees, credit-card charges and administration fees, we will not refund these if you cancel.
Number of days before the start date of your trip that we receive your notice to cancel (or on which you are deemed to have cancelled)
Cancellation charge levied on behalf of owners (plus all booking fees, any insurance premiums, credit-card charges or administration fees you owe)
More than 60 days
Full deposit (including any balance of the deposit due)
29 to 60 days
50% of the total cost or full deposit (including any balance of deposit due), whichever is greater.
15 to 28 days
75% of total cost
8 to 14 days
90% of total cost
7 days or less
100% of Total cost
If you live outside the UK and have booked through a local agent, the term ‘total cost’ in the above cancellation charges table means the amount paid by your local agent to us after taking off any booking fees, insurance premiums and any administration charge paid to us for making any change. To avoid any doubt, total cost does not include any charges made by your local agent or anyone else for booking fees, flights other travel services or any other amounts not paid to us. Other service providers may charge higher cancellation charges.
c) Part cancellations
If only one person in your party needs to cancel, this will not normally affect the total cost of your booking unless you cancel any travel arrangements or extra services which are charged on a 'per person' basis. In these instances, we may provide a refund of any per person charges remaining after taking off any cancellation charges made by the service provider concerned. If you need to cancel all or part of your trip, you must return all travel tickets or vouchers (for example, for ferries).
8 Cancellations or changes by the owner or service providers
The owners, and service providers do not expect to have to make any changes to your booking. However, sometimes problems happen and bookings have to be changed or cancelled or mistakes in bookings, brochures or other details corrected. Owners, and service providers have the right to do so. If they do, we, on their behalf, will contact you by email or by phone if reasonably possible in the case of a significant change or cancellation – we will let you know about minor changes by post or email as soon as is reasonably practical. We will explain what has happened and let you know about the cancellation or change. However, we will have no further liability to you.
9 Events beyond our control
Unless we say otherwise in these booking conditions, unfortunately we or the owner, or service provider will not be legally responsible either jointly or individually for any compensation if we or they are prevented from carrying out our responsibilities under this contract as a result of events beyond our control. This means an event we or they could not, even with all due care, avoid, including:
10 Our legal responsibilities to you
As we act only as agents for the owner, or service provider, we cannot accept any legal responsibility for any act or neglect on their part or of anyone representing or employed by them. And we cannot accept any liability for any problems or faults with or in any property or travel arrangements as all properties and travel arrangements are only controlled by the owners. Your contract is either with the owner, and/or the service provider and is governed by their terms and conditions, which may contain other limits on their legal responsibility. Our responsibilities to you are limited to making the booking in accordance with your instructions. We accept no responsibility for any information about the arrangements that we pass on to you in good faith. If you have any complaints about any services we provide e.g. our booking service (as opposed to the arrangements provided by the owner, or service provider), you must let us know immediately in writing and in any event within seven days of the end of any arrangements booked through us. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any legal responsibility if you do not let us know. If we are found to be at fault in relation to any service we provide (as opposed to any service provided by the owner, or service provider for whom we are not responsible), we will not pay more than the commission we have earned for the booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the booking is affected), plus any reasonable expenses you cannot recover from elsewhere. We do not exclude or limit what we will be legally responsible for if death or personal injury is caused as a result of our negligence or that of our employees whilst acting in their course of their employment, or for any criminal act we may commit.
Neither we nor the owner can be held responsible for noise or disturbance which comes from beyond the boundaries of the property or which is beyond the owner’s control. If we know about a problem before you arrive, we will contact you to let you know.
We cannot be held responsible for the breakdown of mechanical equipment such as pumps, boilers, swimming-pool filtration systems, nor for the failure of public utilities such as water, gas and electricity.
11 Owners and service providers' terms and conditions
The services which make up your holiday are provided by people, firms, companies and other organisations which are totally independent of us and for whom we act as agents. These service providers and owners provide services in line with their own terms and conditions. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude their liability to you, usually in line with international conventions which apply (for example, the Athens Convention for international travel by sea). The terms and conditions are available from the suppliers if you ask.
This section does not apply to bookings which take place entirely in the UK where insurance is optional. We recommend that you take out enough travel insurance to cover you for your total stay. You will find details of the UK Personal Travel Insurance policy we offer in our brochure and on our website.
For all overseas bookings, we consider it essential that you arrange enough travel insurance for your trip. Details of the Personal Travel Insurance policy we offer may be shown in our brochures and on our website. If you decide not to buy this insurance, you must take out other personal travel insurance that provides equivalent or better cover to the policy we offer. We can ask you to provide alternative policy details. We do not check insurance policies to make sure they are suitable and this remains your responsibility. You are responsible for covering us if we suffer any losses or expenses arising out of your failure to take out proper insurance cover. We strongly advise you to take out insurance which will cover any damage which may happen to property which belongs to other people and which may get damaged.
For bookings made within 8 weeks of the departure date, if you choose to buy the Personal Travel Insurance we offer, you must pay us the premiums in full at the time of booking as cover will not apply until then. We can refuse or cancel a booking if you do not have personal travel insurance cover that matches or is better than that provided by the insurance we offer. We will treat any cancellation for this reason as a cancellation by you and you will have to pay the cancellation charges set out in clause 7 above. Please read your policy details carefully and take them with you on holiday. It is your responsibility to make sure that the insurance cover you buy is enough for your needs.
13 Disabilities and medical problems
If you or any member of your party has any medical problem or disability that may affect your booking, please check with the owner of the property before you confirm your booking and give us full details in writing as early as possible before you travel. If the owner, or service provider reasonably feels unable to properly meet that person’s particular needs, we can assist or refuse or cancel the reservation.
14 Your property
The owner has set the following conditions on your stay at the property:
Arrival and departure- You can arrive at your property at a time specified by the owner, usually, any time after 4pm (unless the owner and you agree otherwise, for example on your confirmation) on the start date of your rental period. You must leave by 10am on the last day.
Security deposits - Some owners require payment of a security deposit. If this applies to your chosen property, this is a direct arrangement between you and the owner, which we may or may not administer on behalf of the owner. The amount and details of how the payment should be made and how and when it will be returned (less any costs for breakages, damages etc. if applicable) will be provided at the time of booking.
Behaviour - You and all members of your party agree:
Maximum occupancy - You also must not allow more people than the brochure states to stay overnight in the property. You cannot arrange for visitors to the property without the advance consent of the owner. You cannot significantly change the number of adults or children during your stay. (For example, if you book for two adults and two children, you cannot arrive with four adults and no children.) You must not hold events (such as parties, celebrations or meetings) at the property without the advance consent of the owner. If you do any of these things, the owner can refuse to hand over the property to you, or can repossess it. If the owner does this, we will treat this as you cancelling the booking. In these situations you will not receive a refund of any money you have paid for your booking. And we or the owner will not be legally responsible to you as a result of this situation. (This will include, for example, any costs or expenses you have to pay due to not being able to stay in the property, such as the cost of finding other accommodation.) Neither we nor the owner are under any obligation to find any alternative accommodation for you.
Pets - Pets are not allowed unless we say so in the brochure/website. If you take a pet with you, it is not allowed upstairs, on beds or furniture, or in any shared facilities, such as swimming pools or shops. You must not leave any pets unattended in the property, including any garden, and you must keep dogs on a lead within the boundaries of a property (including the garden). Registered assistance dogs are allowed in most properties featured in this brochure even if the property description says that pets are not allowed. If you or any member of the party has a pet allergy, we cannot guarantee that dogs, or other pets, have not stayed in your chosen property, even if the owner does not allow pets, nor can we accept any responsibility for any subsequent health reaction. It is your responsibility to make specific enquiries before booking as some property owners may take their own pets to a property. You should also read the information on taking pets on holiday included in our brochure or on our website. If there is a charge for taking a pet, you will be told at the time of booking.
You are responsible for and agree to reimburse to the owner and us all costs incurred by the owner and/or us as a result of any breakage or damage in or to the property which is caused by you or any members of your party or any other persons invited into the property by you. The owner and/or we can ask for an extra payment from you to cover any such costs.
The owner expects the accommodation to be left in a reasonable state on departure. If in the owner’s or caretaker’s opinion, additional cleaning is required, you will be liable to the owner for the cost of this cleaning.
You may need to check and sign an inventory of the property and its contents on arrival at the property. If you discover that anything is missing or damaged on arrival please notify the owner/key holder immediately.
16 Right of Entry
The owner is allowed to enter the property (without letting you know first if this is not practical or possible) if special circumstances or emergencies happen (for example if repairs need to be carried out) or if you break any of these booking conditions, the owner’s own terms and conditions or any other terms that apply to your booking and/or the property. The owner or its representative also is allowed to enter the property to inspect it (including but not limited to where you have complained about the property). If this happens, you will be given reasonable notice first.
You agree to allow the owner or their representative (including workmen) access to the property as required by this clause.
17 Unreasonable behaviour
The owners or property managers of all properties can refuse to hand over their property if the unreasonable behaviour of anyone in your party is likely to cause offence to other guests, to members of staff or to neighbours, or if the owner has reasonable cause to believe you or any member of your party will cause damage or loss to the property, its services or facilities. If this happens, the contract between you and the owner will end and you will not receive any refund and neither we nor the owner will have any further responsibility to you.
The owners of all properties can end a stay after the keys have been handed over, if the unreasonable behaviour of anyone in your party (including anyone invited into the property by you) is likely to spoil the enjoyment, comfort or health of other guests, residents, neighbours or members of staff or where you or any member of your party (or anyone invited into the property by you) has broken or is likely to break any of these booking conditions, the Owner’s terms and conditions or any other terms and conditions applicable to the property which you have been told about. If this happens, you will have to leave the property immediately and no refund will be given. You may also be responsible for any costs the owner has as a result of your behaviour as set out in clause 15.
18 Special requests
If you have any special requests, you must let the Owner or property manager know when you make a booking and confirm them in writing. We cannot guarantee that any request will be met. Confirmation that we have noted a special request or passed it on to the owner, or service provider, or of the fact it is shown on your written confirmation or any other document, is not confirmation that the request will be met. If we or the owner or service provider fail to meet any special request, it will not mean we or they have broken your contract.
If you want to complain, we, together with the owner, or service provider (whichever applies), will want to take action to sort your complaint out as soon as possible. Because the contract for your arrangements is between you and the owner or and/or service provider, you should put any queries or concerns to them. It is essential that you contact the owner or their representative immediately if any problem arises so that it can be sorted out as quickly as possible. It is often extremely difficult (and sometimes impossible) to sort out difficulties properly unless the owner is told promptly. If you discuss the problem with the owner or their representative during your stay at the property, it can usually be sorted out straightaway. In particular, complaints which would only be temporary (for example, complaints on how the property is prepared or the heating not working) cannot possibly be investigated unless registered during your stay. If you cannot contact the owner or their representative, or if you are not happy with their response, you should immediately phone the Customer Services Line on the number shown on your confirmation. If, after this, you feel that the problem has not been dealt with to your satisfaction, you must, within 14 days of returning from your stay, put your complaint in writing to us. We will then pass this on to the owner. Send your letter to our office at 5 Avon Road RM14 1QS, marked for the attention of the Customer Relations Department. Or you can send an email to email@example.com We have designed this procedure to make sure we can sort out complaints as quickly as possible. Please help us and the owner to help you by following this procedure. If you fail to do so, this may affect your entitlement to claim compensation if this would be appropriate. As we act only as an agent for the owner, we cannot accept any legal responsibility for your complaint. If we help to sort out a complaint, we are doing so as an agent only and have no legal responsibility to you for any refund or compensation.
20 Governing law and jurisdiction
Any dispute, claim or other matter which may arise in relation to your booking will be governed by English law and you agree that any dispute will be dealt with exclusively by the courts of England and Wales.
21. Communicating with you
We would like to send you information about products and services that may interest you (including those offered by other companies within the StayHomeAway Ltd). We may do this by post, telephone, text message or email (post and telephone only for other Wyndham companies unless you tell us you wish to receive texts and emails from them). If you would rather that we did not do this, please tell your sales adviser when you book. Or you can indicate your preferences as part of our online booking process.
The following extra information applies to your booking.
All prices quoted or which we have told you about include all charges and any taxes or government charges that apply to your holiday at the time of booking.
We keep the prices charged by the owner or service provider under constant review and the prices of arrangements may be increased or reduced at any time.
We may also correct mistakes in the pricing of unsold arrangements at any time. We will confirm the price of your booking when you make it. As changes and mistakes can happen, you must check the price and all other details of your chosen arrangements at the time of booking.
When we confirm the price of your chosen arrangements at the time of booking, except where we have to correct any mistakes, we will only increase or reduce the price of your confirmed booking due to changes in:
We will pass on any increase or reduction by either charging you more or giving you a refund, as applicable.
Even in the circumstances shown above, we will absorb and you will not be charged for any increase in our costs equivalent to 2% of the total cost of your holiday (not including insurance premiums and any amendment charges). You will be charged for the amount over and above that, plus an administration charge of £1.00 per person, together with an amount to cover our commission. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the cost of your holiday (not including insurance premiums and any amendment charges), and you do not wish to pay this increase you will be entitled to cancel your booking and receive a full refund of all money you have paid us (except for any amendment charges). Or, you can buy another holiday from us if we are able to offer one (if this is of equivalent or higher quality you will not have to pay more but if it is of lower quality you will be refunded the difference in price).
In the above circumstances you have 14 days from the issue date printed on our invoice to tell us if you want to cancel your holiday or buy another holiday. If you do not tell us that you want to cancel or buy another holiday within this time, we will assume that you will pay the extra charge. You must pay this with the balance of the cost of the holiday or within 14 days of the issue date printed on the invoice, whichever is later.
If, due to the charges mentioned above, the price of your holiday goes down, by more than 2% of your holiday cost, we will pay you any refund due. However, please remember that we do not always buy travel arrangements in local currency and some obvious changes have no effect on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place.
We promise not to send you an invoice for an extra charge within 30 days of the start of your holiday. We will not make any refunds within this period either.
B2) Cancellations or changes made by us
It is unlikely that we will have to make changes to your booking arrangements but occasionally, as we make the arrangements for your bookings many months ahead, we may have to make changes both before and after bookings have been confirmed. Or, we may have to cancel confirmed bookings. While we always try to avoid changes and cancellations, we can make cancellations or changes at any time. Occasionally we have to make a ‘significant change’ such as a change of property to that of a lower standard, changing the departure time by more than 12 hours or a change of resort/area. If we need to do this, we will let you know as soon as possible before you leave. We treat all other changes as minor. As a result, we will decide whether to let you know about them. If we have to make a significant change or cancel your booking, and as long as there is time to do so before the departure date, we will offer you three options:
You must notify us of your choice within 7 days of our offer. If you fail to do so we will assume that you have chosen to accept the change or alternative booking arrangements.
The options shown above are not available if any change is a minor one or if the change or cancellation by us arises out of alterations to the confirmed booking which you have asked for or your failure to pay the balance of your booking cost by the due date notified to you. And, if we make a significant change or cancel your booking within 8 weeks before the date of departure, we will pay you compensation in line with the scale and conditions set out below. However, there is one exception. We cannot offer anything more than the above options if we are forced to make a change or cancellation as a result of unusual or unexpected circumstances beyond our control, which we could not avoid. These circumstances may include, but are not limited to, those listed under ‘Events beyond our control’ in clause 9 of Section A.
Number of days before you leave when we tell you (or your travel agent) about a significant change to or cancellation of your confirmed holiday
Compensation per party
More than 56 days
43 to 56 days
29 to 42 days
15 to 28 days
14 days or less
The table above sets out the most we will pay under this clause. We are sorry that we cannot meet any expenses or losses you may suffer as a result of inconvenience suffered. If we offer you accommodation with a higher price than the original accommodation and you accept it, we will take the difference in price from any compensation due.
B4) Our legal responsibility to you
We will always act as an intermediary between you and the property Owner; to ensure that your booking process is satisfactory. For extreme situations where renter and owner may require assistance to keep a safe platform for both
Before we pay you any compensation, you must make any complaint within 14 days. You must also transfer your legal rights you may have against anyone else in connection with your claim. You must co-operate with us and our insurers in this.
If you suffer a personal injury, death or serious difficulties as the result of an activity which does not form part of the arrangements you booked with us (including for example any extra services or facilities provided to you by a hotel or any other supplier which was not included as part of the original contract between us) we will not be legally responsible to pay you any compensation. However, we will offer you reasonable advice and guidance in all the circumstances as long as we are told about the incident within 90 days of it happening. We will not be responsible if you do not enjoy the holiday or suffer any other problems because of a reason which you did not make us aware of when the holiday was booked.
In all claims we will not be legally responsible if the alleged loss, injury or damage results from any of the following:
Important notice on the limits of our legal responsibility
Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss or expense or other sum(s) of any description: (a) which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you; or (b) relate to any business.
If we are found legally responsible for loss of or damage to any luggage or personal possessions (including money), the most we will have to pay you and your party is £25 per person. We strongly recommend that you and your party take out enough travel insurance for your needs while on holiday. For the purpose of these booking conditions, we will assume you and your party have done this.