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Rental Agreement

1.  General

The person or persons who provide payment on account of a booking are hereafter referred to as the “Vacationer”.  The owners of the cottage are hereafter referred to as the “Property Owners”.


2. Contract

By completing the online "Request a Reservation" form and making the deposit payment  the Vacationer understands and agrees that they are entering into a legal, binding contract between the Vacationer and the Property Owners.  The issuance of a written or electronic confirmation of payment to the Vacationer by the Property Owners shall complete a binding contract between the Vacationer and the Property Owners.


3. Limits of Liability

The Vacationer represent, warrants, acknowledge and agrees with the Property Owners that they will use the cottage and its facilities in accordance with the terms and conditions of this agreement and the Household Rules and that they do so at their own risk and that they indemnify and save the Property Owners harmless from any claim made as a result of personal injury, sickness or death, loss or damage, however caused, to person or property of the Vacationer or their family, guests, visitors, servants and agents during or after the time of occupancy. Further, the Vacationer accepts full responsibility of the use of any recreational equipment and agrees to pay for any repairs to damage to or replacement of said equipment, if caused by the vacationer or any of their family, guests, visitors, servants and agents.


4.  Guarantee

The Vacationer accepts all liability for any damage beyond normal wear and tear during the term of the rental period; And also to pay any penalties listed in this agreement and household rules for failure to meet any of the terms and conditions listed there in.


5. Payment

5.1  Bookings shall be confirmed in writing by the Property Owners on payment of a deposit consisting of 50% of the reservation total.  For rentals within 30 days, all fees are due at the time of booking.

5.2  Receipt or automatic deposit of any funds prior to the Property Owners’ written confirmation of the reservation shall not constitute acceptance of any booking.

5.3 The balance shall be payable 30 days prior to the commencement of the rental period.

5.4 A damage deposit of $500 is collected and will be refunded in the manner it was received (credit card or e-transfer) within 7 days of the end of the rental period.  Typically the damage deposit is returned within one day of check-out.


6. Cancellation

Any cancellation by the Vacationer shall be in writing via email.  On receipt of such notice of cancellation, the Property Owners shall endeavour to re-book the entire period of the original booking.  If the Property Owners succeed in re-booking any portion of the rental period, that portion of the payment (deposit or full payment) shall be refunded, less a $50 cancellation fee and credit card fees on the amount paid to date.  If the Property Owners are not successful in re-booking any portion of the rental period, all payments shall be forfeited to the Property Owners.

Note that credit card fees are not refundable as these fees are not refunded  by Stripe when a credit card refund is processed.


COVID-19 Extenuating Circumstances

If government restrictions due to COVID-19 preclude the booking from proceeding, the cancellation fee will be waived and the Vacationer will be issued a credit in the amount of 50% of the reservation total (equal to the deposit paid at the time of booking), valid for use within 24 months from the start of the rental period. If payment has been made in full at the time restrictions are imposed, 50% of the total rental fee will be refunded if requested by the guest. Please note that credit card fees are non-refundable as these are not refunded by Stripe when payments are refunded to our guests. Valid government restrictions include, but are not necessarily limited to, border or transportation restrictions precluding travel to the cottage by all guests on the booking form or the prohibition of short-term rentals by the Municipality of the North Bruce Peninsula, the Province of Ontario, or the Government of Canada.  


7.  Number of Persons Using the Cottage

The persons present overnight and during the day on the property shall not differ from the guests listed on the online "Request a Reservation" form , without prior written authorization from the Property Owners. Only vehicles noted on the "Request a Reservation" form are permitted on the cottage property overnight. The maximum number of guests varies by cottage.

7.1  Vacationers who contravene the maximum numbers of adults and children (individuals 16 years old and older are considered adults) permitted at each cottage will be subject to immediate eviction without refund and/or a penalty of $100.00 per day at the discretion of the Property Owners.

7.2   There will be no subletting of the cottage property permitted. 

7.3   There shall be no camping, tenting, or otherwise placing auxiliary accommodation facilities on the property.


8. Guest Health

Persons who answer yes to any of the following questions within 14 days of the rental period are prohibited from entering the Property and should enter a self-quarantine period at their primary residence: 

  1. Do you have at least two of the following symptoms: fever above 38°C or signs of fever (feeling hot or chills), a new or worsening chronic cough, a sore throat, a runny nose, a headache, new onset fatigue, new onset muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of taste or loss of smell?
  2. Have you traveled outside of Ontario within the last 14 days?
  3. Have you had close contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case?
  4. Have you had close contact in the last 14 days with a person being tested for COVID-19?”

Failure to observe this restriction puts guests, staff and the entire Tobermory community at risk and may have significant health and economic implications for which you may be liable.


9. Access

The Property Owners and/or the Property Owners’ agents shall be allowed access to the cottage at any reasonable time during any holiday occupancy.


10.  Repair

The Vacationer shall keep the cottage and all furniture, fixtures, chattels, fittings, and effects in or about the cottage in the same state of repair and condition as at the commencement of the holiday, and shall leave the cottage in the same state of cleanliness and general order in which it was found. Failure to do so, to the satisfaction of the Property Owners, may result in a damage/cleaning charge being levied.  The Vacationer shall not rearrange the furniture or fixtures in the house.


11.  Other Conditions of the Booking

The Vacationer shall abide by the conditions of booking and any other instructions contained in the Household Rules (listed below). All such conditions apply to guests visiting the property, whether day visitors or overnight. Any Vacationer who contravenes said conditions shall be subject to immediate eviction without refund and/or a penalty of $100.00 per day at the discretion of the Property Owners.


12. Pets

Pets are only permitted only at the Tobermory Cottage property if they are indicated on the "Request a Reservation" form. We only allow mature, house trained dogs or small animals that will remain in their cage during the rental. Cats are not permitted. The Vacationer acknowledges that the Property Owners accept no liability for any pets and their actions.  The Vacationer agrees to abide by all local bylaws and pay the Property Owners the total value of any damages caused by the pet.  Any Vacationer who contravenes said conditions shall be subject to immediate eviction without refund and/or a penalty of $100.00 per day at the discretion of the Property Owners.


Household Rules


1.  Check-in and Check-out

Check-in and out times are 4:00pm and 11:00am, respectively.


2. Fireplace

Please do not use artificial logs or anything other than hardwood firewood (such as maple or ash, not pine, cedar or wood scrapes). Do not use lighter fluid to start the fire. Do not overload the fireplace. Assure that you do not operate the woodstove with the door open. Do not cut down trees on the property for firewood or collect deadwood from outside. Do not cut or split wood on the fireplace hearth (it will break) or anywhere inside the cottage.


3. Outdoor Fires

Recreational "campfires" are only allowed in the established fire pit in front of the cottage. Before lighting any fire out of doors, check with the local Municipal office at 519-793-3522 with regard to fire regulations and restrictions.


4. Fireworks and other incendiary devices

Fireworks cause forest fires. The lighting of fireworks are absolutely FORBIDDEN at the cottage. Any renter caught lighting fireworks will be immediately evicted. Likewise, no other incendiary devices are allowed, this includes tiki torches and light fluid for campfires.

5. Waste Disposal

All garbage must be taken to container at the end of the driveway. Refer to instructions in the cottage binder at each property. Any garbage left at the cottage will result in a $60.00 disposal charge.


6. Bathroom / Septic System

The cottage operates on a septic system. The septic system is a very sensitive, and integral, part of cottage life. The basic rule is do not put anything down the toilet other than natural waste and toilet paper (and be conservative with the paper). It is critical that nothing else be flushed down the toilet, especially baby wipes or wet wipes.


7. Community Notes

Cottage communities have become very inter-dependent. Everyone knows everyone else and keeps an eye on their property for them. Don't be surprised if someone asks who you are. Explain that you are guests of the owner's. Your due consideration of the owner's place in that community will be appreciated - no loud parties or noise after 10:00 P.M., and observe normal boating and water guidelines, etc.


8. Smoking

No smoking is permitted inside the cottage. However smoking is permitted outside the cottage away from open doors or windows. Do not leave any cigarette butts on the property. Please use a proper receptacle to dispose of them. Cigarette butt collection (if left on the ground) is subject to a $60 fee.


9. Cleaning

The vacationer is required to leave the cottage as it was found, ready for the next renter OR pay the optional $125 cleaning fee. Cleaning equipment and supplies are provided. Renters are required launder all provided linens, bedding and towels prior to departure (including mattress and pillowcase protectors). The vacationer is required to launder the mattress protectors on all beds used during the rental period (wash and dry, left in the dryer for our staff to replace on the beds).