Welcome and thank you for booking your vacation rental through Happy Place Vacation Rentals.
Any payments you make are non-refundable. Please read the cancellation policy carefully before booking and consider purchasing travel insurance (Section 2).
Depending on certain circumstances and at Happy Place Vacation Rental’s sole discretion and goodwill Happy Place Vacation Rental may issue you a future travel credit for use at properties within the Happy Place Vacation Rental network as your sole and exclusive remedy (which are subject to certain restrictions set forth at issuance including that travel credits are non-transferable and must be used 2 years from issuance).
You are releasing Happy Place Vacation Rental and the homeowner from certain types of liability and agreeing to assume certain risks on behalf of yourself and each individual present during the stay (Sections 12 & 13); you are aware that traveling may increase your risk of contracting COVID-19.
This Agreement requires claims to be resolved through Arbitration (Section 17).
This Agreement contains a Jury Trial wavier and a Class action waiver (Section 19).
By clicking “Book Now” you are acknowledging and agreeing to each term included in this Rental Agreement, which specifically includes each of the above-described terms and conditions, as well as any applicable rules, policies, terms or conditions specific to your selected property:
BOOKING TRANSACTION. This Agreement is between Happy Place Vacation Rental Vacation Rental Network, Inc. (“Happy Place Vacation Rental”) and the individual completing this booking transaction for the Vacation Rental (“you” or “Guest”). Happy Place Vacation Rental represents the owner of the Vacation Rental (your “Host”). Happy Place Vacation Rental provides the Vacation Rental subject to the terms of this Agreement. You agree that you will be present at the Vacation Rental for the entire duration of the reservation and that you will be responsible for the actions and behavior of each individual present at the Vacation Rental during your stay. This includes ensuring everyone in your party or otherwise present at the Vacation Rental (each an “occupant”) is aware of and in compliance with the terms identified in this Agreement. If you are bringing a minor as an occupant, you acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for the supervision of that minor throughout the duration of your stay and agree to the terms of this Agreement on each minor’s behalf.
PAYMENT TERMS & CANCELLATION. The total amount due, including the base rates, taxes, and fees are displayed on the checkout webpage for the Vacation Rental. A portion of your total payment may be due upon checkout, as indicated in the “amount to be charged now” line. The balance is due prior to arrival within the schedule indicated on the reservation webpage. Please review these amounts carefully. You may cancel your booking at any time, however, all amounts that have been paid prior to your cancellation will be non-refundable unless specifically indicated otherwise at checkout. Please review the specific cancellation and refund terms in the listing you are reserving prior to checkout as exceptions will not be made once your reservation is confirmed.
HOUSE RULES & POLICIES. The Vacation Rental may have specific rules and policies regarding pets, smoking/vaping, quiet hours, parking, pool and/or hot tub usage, and other local, HOA, or property regulations. These rules are detailed in the description section of the Vacation Rental listing, in an Exhibit A attached hereto, or as otherwise delivered to you, and are incorporated into this Agreement. Please review these terms carefully, as violation(s) may result in additional fees or the immediate removal of you and other members of your party from the Vacation Rental without refund. Further, violation of any law or ordinance by any individual at the Vacation Rental during your reservation will result in the immediate removal of you and other members of your party from the Vacation Rental without refund.
ARRIVAL DETAILS & CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT. Once your booking has been paid in full, you will receive contact information for the primary contact for your stay (your “Guest Contact”). Check-in and check-out times will be communicated to you prior to your arrival, unless otherwise set forth in the description of the Vacation Rental. Please confirm your expected arrival time with your Guest Contact. If you or any member of your group fails to vacate the Vacation Rental at the designated check-out time, you grant Happy Place Vacation Rental the right to charge the credit card number used to book the Vacation Rental for an additional night. Further, Happy Place Vacation Rental, the Host or the Guest Contact may initiate all proceedings necessary to remove you, your occupants, or your belongings from the Vacation Rental.
DAMAGE. In lieu of a security deposit Happy Place Vacation Rental charges a fee for an accidental rental damage waiver. This fee and the related terms, conditions, and waiver amounts are set forth on the Vacation Rental detail webpage and the checkout webpage and are incorporated into this Agreement. Any damage to the Vacation Rental must be reported to Happy Place Vacation Rental and the Guest Contact before check-out. You agree damage not covered by, or exceeding the limit of, the accidental rental damage waiver is your full responsibility. This may include damage or loss occurring during your stay, violations of house rules or policies, additional cleaning fees, and/or any fines or other costs incurred by the behavior of you or any other occupant during your stay in violation of laws or other regulations. You grant Happy Place Vacation Rental the right to charge the credit card number used to book the Vacation Rental for any such damages, including, but not limited to, additional cleaning fees. To ensure that the proper party is held responsible, please notify your Guest Contact of any damage found at check-in.
FEES & ADDITIONAL SERVICES. All mandatory and optional booking-related fees will be disclosed in the Vacation Rental listing. If you fail to select any option(s) that incur additional fees applicable to your stay (e.g., pet fees, pool heating fees, etc.) and it is later discovered that you should have paid for such option(s), you grant Happy Place Vacation Rental the right to charge the credit card number used to book the Vacation Rental for the associated additional fees.
a) The maximum number of people that may occupy the Vacation Rental is indicated in the listing description. For clarification, this number applies to all overnight guests, day visitors and children. Unless otherwise approved by Happy Place Vacation Rental in writing, occupancy over the indicated capacity may result in the immediate removal of you and other members of your party from the Vacation Rental and forfeiture of all amounts paid.
b) Parties and large gatherings are not permitted at the Vacation Rental under any circumstances. Conduct of unauthorized parties or gatherings may result in your removal from the property without refund and Happy Place Vacation Rental may contact local law enforcement when appropriate. You agree to respect the Vacation Rental, neighbors, the surrounding community and to follow all applicable laws, regulations, ordinances, and rules, including noise ordinances. You agree to conduct yourself in a manner that does not disrupt neighbors or community members.
CONDITION OF THE PROPERTY. Your Host cares very much about their Vacation Rental and strives to keep it in excellent shape. If you notice any problems, hazardous conditions, housekeeping issues, or maintenance issues, please notify your Guest Contact immediately. If the Vacation Rental is not in the condition represented in the rental listing, Happy Place Vacation Rental may, in its sole discretion, offer an appeasement; provided, however, that in no event will such an appeasement exceed the amount you paid for the reservation. You hereby acknowledge that if the Vacation Rental has access to shared amenities, the repair and maintenance of such shared amenities is not within Happy Place Vacation Rental’s or Host’s responsibility or control.
HOST ACCESS. You agree to allow your Host, Guest Contact, and/or their agents reasonable access to the Vacation Rental during your stay if requested. Such access may be necessary to resolve maintenance related issues you report. In the event of an emergency, the Vacation Rental may be accessed without prior notice or permission.
CLEANLINESS. You are expected to treat the Vacation Rental with respect, keeping in mind that this is an individual’s home, not a hotel room. You are expected to leave the Vacation Rental in a clean, neat, and orderly condition and respect the Host’s requests regarding check-out procedures.
a) UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES/FORCE MAJEURE. All funds paid to Happy Place Vacation Rental are non-refundable unless stated otherwise (Section 2) and no refunds will be due in the event your stay at the Vacation Rental becomes impossible for a reason outside Happy Place Vacation Rental’s or Host’s control, including natural disasters, fire, epidemic, pandemic, federal, state, or local quarantine, civil commotion, changes in laws or regulations, evacuation orders, or other acts of government agencies. However, in such circumstances, Happy Place Vacation Rental may choose, in its sole discretion and as your sole remedy, to issue a travel credit of the amounts paid to Happy Place Vacation Rental as an act of goodwill. Any travel credits issued by Happy Place Vacation Rental will be subject to the terms set forth at issuance, including terms regarding expiration date and non-transferability. For purposes of clarification, inclement, unfavorable, or even severe weather is not considered a force majeure event under this provision and no refund or credit is due (or will be made) to you.
b) CANCELLATIONS BY HAPPY PLACE VACATION RENTAL& SUBSTITUTION OF PROPERTY.IfHappy Place Vacation Rental or your Host cancels your booking for reasons other than those described in the Force Majeure section above, you will be notified as quickly as possible. In such cases, Happy Place Vacation Rental, in its sole discretion, may provide the option to substitute a comparable property selected by Happy Place Vacation Rental or refund 100% of any amounts paid to Happy Place Vacation Rental. If you accept the substitute property, all rules, policies, terms, and conditions specified in the description section for the substituted property shall apply, even if they differ from your original reservation. Happy Place Vacation Rental highly recommends that you purchase Travel Insurance to protect against certain types of cancellations, among other risks. Other than providing a refund in its sole discretion, Happy Place Vacation Rental is not responsible or liable for cancellations or any costs associated with cancellations.
INDEMNITY & HOLD HARMLESS. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless your Host and Happy Place Vacation Rental, for any liabilities, claims, damages, injuries, costs or expenses whatsoever arising from or related to your use and/or occupancy of the Vacation Rental, including, but not limited to, any claim or liability for personal injury, damage, or loss of any kind resulting from your actions or omissions, and the actions or omissions of other occupants, during or relating to your stay.
ASSUMPTION OF RISK. You and anyone using the Vacation Rental during your stay accepts and assumes all risks involved in or related to the use of the Vacation Rental and surrounding property, the pool, hot tub, or any other body of water (including but not limited to a lake or an ocean at or adjacent to the Vacation Rental), any water-related activities, features on the property, activities participated in during your stay on or off the property, amenities provided at the property, or third-party transportation vendors, as applicable, whether or not disclosed in the listing. You understand that travelling and staying in a vacation rental property may increase the likelihood of contracting an infectious disease, such as COVID-19, and you voluntarily assume that risk. You further accept and assume all risks involved in or related to any recreational equipment of any kind, including but not limited to beach or pool equipment, golf cart, bicycles, docks, boats, paddleboards or other floating devices, game, or sports equipment, as applicable. You are responsible for determining your fitness for participating in any features or activities during your stay and your ability to fully understand and comply with any directions, warnings, laws, or regulations presented. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, YOU KNOWINGLY, VOLUNTARILY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL RISKS, BOTH KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, OF THE ABOVE-DESCRIBED ACTIVITIES, AND YOU ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION IN ANY SUCH ACTIVITIES.
ATTORNEY’S FEES & COSTS.If Happy Place Vacation Rental or your Host employs the services of an attorney or attorneys to enforce any terms or conditions of this Agreement, you shall be liable to Happy Place Vacation Rental or your Host, as applicable, for reasonable attorney’s fees and costs incurred.
FALSIFIED BOOKINGS.If your booking was made under false pretense, including, but not limited to, a falsified name, age or size of party, you will be subject to immediate cancellation of your reservation, removal from the property, and forfeiture of all amounts paid.
LIMITED SHORT-TERM RENTAL. It is expressly understood and agreed that this is a short-term, transient vacation rental and is not a lease or other long-term residential tenancy agreement, and that the Vacation Rental is not intended to be utilized as a primary residence. This Agreement is only for the licensed use of the Vacation Rental for the stated reservation dates. It creates no property rights in you and no rights to renewal or for recurring usage. If you hold over after the expiration of your reservation dates, your extended stay, if authorized, will be from day-to-day only and will not constitute a renewal or an extension for any further term. In such case, you will be liable for paying for the additional day(s) at a rate equal to two (2) times the nightly rate set for the property on the dates of your holdover, plus the actual costs of re-accommodating future tenants that were scheduled to use the Vacation Rental during such dates. You may not sublet the Vacation Rental or any part of it and shall not assign any interest (in whole or in part) to this Agreement or any rights hereunder.
ARBITRATION & ARBITRATION AWARD. If you have a dispute that arises from or relates to this Agreement or the Vacation Rental, and if the dispute cannot be settled through direct discussions, you agree to submit all unresolved disputes, controversies or claims to binding arbitration in Florida administrated by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its Commercial Arbitration Rules, to be conducted in Tampa, Florida or virtually, if consented to by all parties. ANY AWARD OF THE ARBITRATOR AGAINST HAPPY PLACE VACATION RENTAL CANNOT EXCEED THE TOTAL AMOUNT PAID FOR THE GUEST’S BOOKING AT ISSUE. YOU EXPRESSLY WAIVE ALL CLAIMS IN EXCESS OF, AND AGREE THAT YOUR RECOVERY SHALL NOT EXCEED, THIS AMOUNT. Any such award shall be in satisfaction of all claims by you against Happy Place Vacation Rental or the Host. Judgment on any award rendered in such arbitration can be entered in and enforced by any court having jurisdiction.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL YOUR HOST, HAPPY PLACE VACATION RENTAL, OR THEIR AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AND/OR OWNERS, BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR STAY AT THE VACATION RENTAL. THIS LIMITATION APPLIES TO ALL CLAIMS FOR DAMAGES WHETHER BASED ON A THEORY OF WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING ORDINARY NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION, EVEN IF HAPPY PLACE VACATION RENTAL HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES AND EVEN IF THE LIMITED REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
CLASS ACTION & JURY TRIAL WAIVER. ANY AND ALL PROCEEDINGS TO RESOLVE CLAIMS WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT IN A CLASS, CONSOLIDATED OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION. IF FOR ANY REASON A CLAIM PROCEEDS IN COURT RATHER THAN IN ARBITRATION, THE PARTIES EACH WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL.
JURISDICTION & VENUE. This Agreement is made in, and shall be governed solely by the laws of, the State of Florida without regard to conflict of laws principles. If for any reason a claim proceeds in court rather than arbitration, such action may only be brought in the state or federal courts in Denver, Florida, and each party hereby submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of those courts for the purposes of any such proceeding.
GENERAL TERMS.If any section, clause, paragraph, or term of the Rental Agreement is held or determined to be void, invalid, or unenforceable for any reason, all other terms, clauses, or paragraphs herein shall be severed and remain in force and effect. This Agreement shall be binding on and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and on each of their heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and assignees. This Agreement or any rights hereunder may not be assigned (in whole or in part) by you. This Agreement is taken in full compliance with federal, state, and local Fair Housing Laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, country of origin, handicap, or familial status. This Agreement becomes binding upon receipt of your initial payment. Sending payment constitutes your acceptance and agreement to these terms, conditions, limitations, and restrictions.