General conditions for renting cottages and flats
What rules apply when I book a cottage or flat?
General conditions for renting cottages and flats adopted by the Swedish Tourism Trade Association on 29 May 1990 following discussions with the National Board for Consumer Policies. If the landlord applies special conditions, these are printed in italics below
Who is responsible?
The responsible landlord is Kerstin & Jan Rise; Contact information
As landlords we are obliged to ensure that:
- you receive written confirmation of your booking,
- you receive documentation and details of where to pick up the key in good time, but not necessarily more than 30 days before the agreed day of arrival,
- the cottage / flat agrees with the description. We are not responsible for any promises the owner or his contact person my have made directly to you without our knowledge and which we were not aware of or ought to have been aware of. (Try to obtain promises in writing for safety’s sake)
- you are informed of any important changes concerning your booking,
- you may use the cottage / flat from 3 pm on the agreed day of arrival until 11 am on the day of departure, unless otherwise confirmed.
- If you are not satisfied with the cottage / flat, you should contact us. See below.
When does my booking become binding?
You and we are bound by the lease as soon as we have confirmed your booking and you have paid the application fee (or the full rent).
When should I pay?
If you booked earlier than 60 days in advance the application fee is SEK 1500/week. The application fee is due at the date stated in the confirmation document. It will be deducted from the rent. The rest of the rent should be paid no later that 60 days before the agreed day of arrival.
If you booked later than 60 days in advance, all the rent should be paid no later than at the date stated in the confirmation document.
If you booked a longer period than 30 days, you do not need to pay for the following 30-day periods before the last bank day before the start of each subsequent 30-day period.
What happens if I don’t pay on time?
If you don’t pay the application fee on time, we have the right to cancel your booking. I you fail to pay the rent this is counted as a cancellation on your part and in that case the rules for cancellation apply.
What are the rules if I want to cancel?
You may cancel verbally or in writing to us. Cancellation is not valid if it takes place through another party or is sent to the cottage / flat. We are obliged to confirm your cancellation in writing.
If you cancel more that 60 days before agreed arrival, you do not need to pay more than a service charge of SEK 1500/cancelled week or part of week.
If you cancel 60 days or later but before the agreed arrival date, you will have to pay 90% of the rent.
If you have already paid more than you are obliged to, the difference will be reimbursed by the party to whom it was paid.
If we manage to rent the cottage / flat to someone else, we will reimburse you with the amount equivalent to the rent paid by the new tenant, with a deduction for a service fee of SEK 1500/cancelled week or part of week.
What if something happens to me?
You can protect yourself against the cost of cancellation by purchasing cancellation protection with an insurance provider.
We do not offer such insurance.
What are my rights?
If we do not provide the cottage / flat in the promised condition or at the right time and cannot offer you another cottage / flat that differs so little from the one you booked that this is of no significance to you, you are entitled to cancel the lease. In this case we have to reimburse everything you have paid us and compensate you for your proved and reasonable costs, with a deduction for the benefit you may have had from the cottage / flat.
Instead of cancelling the lease, you may demand reduction of the rent.
If you have any complaints they should be communicated to us as soon as possible, and within 3 days from the day of arrival. Any defects which occur during your stay should be reported immediately, so that we have the opportunity to rectify them.
You are entitled to put another person in your place and we have to accept that person unless we have special grounds for refusing. If you intend to do so you must inform us before the date of taking possession. The fee for changing the reservation is SEK 500.
What are my obligations?
You must take good care of the cottage / flat and follow the rules and regulations which apply. You are personally responsible for any damage that occurs to the property and its contents through your own negligence or that of someone in your party.
You must not use the cottage / flat for any purpose other than what was agreed at the time of booking (normal leisure purposes) and you must not allow more people to stay overnight in the cottage / flat or in its grounds than you stated on booking.
You must clean properly before you depart. I you fail to do so we will do the cleaning at your expense.
War, natural disasters, strikes, etc.
You and we have the right to depart from the lease if the cottage / flat cannot be supplied owing to military operations, natural disasters, labour-market conflicts, protracted interruptions in the supply of water or energy, fire or other similar major occurrences, which neither you nor we could have foreseen or influenced. Under such circumstances we are obliged to reimburse what you have paid with a deduction for the benefit you may have had from the cottage / flat.
What happens if we don’t agree?
Tell us about any complaints immediately. Bear in mind that your chances of obtaining redress may diminish if you delay in making your complaint.
If we don’t agree, you can contact Allmänna Reklamationsnämnden (the National Board for Consumer Complaints) which consists of an impartial chairman and a number of representatives of travel organizers and consumers. The address is: Box 174, S-101 23 Stockholm, Sweden. (www.arn.se)