7.1 As a Host, you may create or add listings and you will be asked a variety of questions about the holiday rental accommodation You intend to list, including, but not limited to, the location, features, availability of the accommodation and pricing and you may include certain terms or requirements which must be met by Guests as part of any potential rental transaction relating to Your listed property. More information on how to add such requirements is available on our Site. All accommodations must have valid addresses in order to be featured in listings on the Site. Your listings will be made publicly available via the Site and Guests will be able to book Your holiday rental property via the Site based upon the information provided in Your listing. You, and not HouseTrip, are solely responsible for determining the rental price to be displayed in Your listing and any additional charges (for example, cleaning fees) to be included or factored into such price (your “Host Fee”). You understand and agree that once a Guest requests a booking of Your listed accommodation, the rental rate You have set for such booking request may not be altered. As a Host, You acknowledge and agree that You are solely responsible for any and all of your listings of holiday rental properties on our Site.
7.2 You warrant, represent and undertake that all and any listings You place on Our Site relate to available accommodation at an existing property and that You have all necessary rights and permissions, including without limitation, planning permission, or, if You are not the owner of such property, the express authorisation from the owner, to deal with the property, including creating listings related to it and offering it for holiday rentals.
7.3 In accordance with these Terms, if, as a Host, you add a property as available for rental on our Site, Your Use of the Site is a means of enabling You to connect or be introduced to Users who may become Guests for the purposes of concluding a rental transaction with You. Our Service to You as a Host shall include supporting and assisting you in listing, marketing, promoting and advertising Your property on our Site. However, as noted above, We cannot and do not in any way act as a contracting agent or representative for You as a Host, nor as a broker or insurer in each case, in relation to Your rental transactions which You conclude with Guests via the Site, but we can and shall act as your disclosed agent or intermediary in Your name and on your behalf in relation to handling or managing payment collection processes involving advanced payment and cancellation transactions with Guests, which processes are governed by the Booking Terms. Our Service to You as a Host in relation to the provision of information and email or messaging services shall also include assisting You in respect of communications with Guests through the Site, for example, in receiving, notifying and forwarding to You any booking requests or enquiries made through the Site by a Guest and in receiving and handling cancellation requests from Guests.
7.4 You acknowledge and accept that We do not consider that we act as a travel agent generally in relation to the provision of our Site and/or our Service or in respect of Your actual rental transactions concluded with Guests as We are not a party to such actual rental transactions and We do not buy-in, re-sell or provide accommodation or other travel services in our own name as mentioned in Section 2 above. However if, as a matter of law or in the opinion of any tax or other authority in any jurisdiction HouseTrip is or could be considered a travel agent in respect of taking part in, or providing Services consisting of the intermediation in, the provision of accommodation by Hosts to Guests pursuant to a booking on our Site, You acknowledge and accept that in those circumstances and for the purposes of these Terms and rental transactions You have concluded with Guests, the Service supplied by us in taking part in the provision of accommodation listed on our Site and/or in facilitating or providing intermediation in the conclusion of such rental transactions, shall be supplied to You as Host, acting as Your disclosed agent or intermediary in Your name and on your behalf and not in any way in our own name, as We shall not and cannot be a Host. Any necessary modifications may be made to these Terms as a consequence of this provision or part thereof applying.
7.5 You agree that in the event You conclude a rental transaction with a Guest as a result of using our Site and Service, then, in consideration of providing our Services, including support, payment facilitation, and any other services as intermediary, as part of our Service as further described herein to You as a Host, HouseTrip shall charge You a service fee, exclusive of any applicable VAT and similar sales taxes which may be charged in addition thereon, and in respect of which We may issue or be required to issue to You as a Host a valid VAT or similar sales tax or other invoice (or We may so issue to You at Your reasonable request). Such fee is based upon a percentage (typically between 10% and 20%) of Your Host Fee in relation to Your listed property, and shall be indicated and disclosed in the Host section of the Site. In addition, We shall also collect an administrative fee of 3%, based on the Host Fee and service fee, chargeable to a Guest as referred to in the Booking Terms (including any applicable VAT or taxes which may be charged in addition thereon). Both fees as described herein (collectively, our “Fees”) shall be added by way of a mark up to your Host Fee to calculate the aggregate amounts to be displayed in Your listing and set out in the booking confirmation sent to the Guest, and which shall therefore be payable by such Guest subject to the Booking Terms.
7.6 Our Service to You in respect of payment facilitation and processing shall not include the collection of deposits or additional charges from Guests that are not included or factored in your Host Fee and HouseTrip shall not be responsible for administering or accepting a request or claim from You related to such additional charges or payments and disclaims any liability in this respect. You will need to carry out a separate arrangement with Guests in respect of such charges and expressly state in the listing of Your property that additional charges in the form of a deposit or otherwise (for example, cleaning fees, security deposit and late checkout fees) are required separately from the Guest (for example upon arrival or check-out) if such charges are not included or factored in your Host Fee.
7.7 Please note, however, that as Host, You are solely responsible for honouring any booking confirmation sent to a Guest and for supplying and making available and providing Your listed property on the Site to the Guest on such terms, conditions, rules and restrictions as you have set and agreed with the Guest. As a Host, You acknowledge and agree that You are responsible for Your own acts and omissions and for the acts and omissions of any individuals (other than Guests and members of the Guest’s party) who reside at or are otherwise present at Your rental property. Each Host is solely responsible for compliance with laws, rules and regulations, including any tax and VAT requirements (see also the next provision below) and in respect of any conflict with or breach of rights of third parties. We recommend that Hosts obtain appropriate insurance for their rental properties listed on the Site.
7.8 Please also note You are solely responsible for determining your applicable Tax reporting requirements in consultation with your tax advisors. HouseTrip cannot and does not offer Tax-related advice to any Users of our Site and Service. Additionally, please note that You are responsible for determining and/or paying any local VAT or similar indirect sales Taxes and/or for factoring in or including such VAT and taxes into your Host Fee or satisfying such obligations relating to applicable Taxes in adding a listing on our Site or in respect of our Fee as charged or invoiced to You or otherwise, particularly if You consider that you are in business in using the Site and/or, for example, you are a professional property manager or You rent property on a regular basis to generate income. You may also be required to issue an invoice, including without limitation, a valid VAT invoice to Your Guest in respect of your Host Fee and any additional charges whether or not included in your Host Fee. You should in any event consult your tax advisor.
7.9 Upon registering as a User as an intended Host, Hosts acknowledge and accept that HouseTrip shall assume, and be entitled to assume, that You are in business/a taxable person/carrying on an economic activity and/or VAT registered, in the place/country where Your address details as provided to Us are located, unless and until You tell and confirm to HouseTrip by email or otherwise that You consider that You are not in business etc. or that You are usually resident or spend most of Your time in another country. Hosts further accept and acknowledge that We may contact You to require details (acting reasonably) of Your VAT registration number (if any) or otherwise copies of reasonable commercial evidence or records, for example contracts, business letterheads, a commercial website address, publicity material, certificates from fiscal authorities, in each case, which You shall provide or procure to provide within your power or ability to do so. A digital certificate from a reputable organisation can also be accepted for this purpose.
7.10 If Your listed property is requested by a Guest via our Site, you will be required to either confirm or reject the Guest’s request within 36 hours of that request, after which the booking request shall automatically expire. If, as a Host, You confirm that Your listing is available and a Guest’s booking is subsequently accepted and confirmed by You through our Site, You will receive Your Guest’s relevant contact details (including phone number) from Us and We will also forward Your contact details to the Guest. Once such contact details have been provided, all communication including concerning details and information about the rental transaction should be direct between You and Your Guest through our Site as facilitated by our Service where required/applicable.
7.11 We shall hold all monies collected by Us from Guests upon a booking confirmation, subject to a duty to transfer or account to You in respect of such monies (provided always that You have honoured such booking), which we shall pay to You by bank transfer or, for pounds sterling or euros payments only, PayPal transfer, in the currency you have set for the relevant property, less our Fees as described above. You acknowledge and agree that we shall be entitled to deduct and retain our Fees from such monies collected. We shall generally initiate the payment to You of all net monies collected from Guests which are due to You within two Swiss business days (being days where banks are open in Switzerland) of the planned date of Your Guest’s check-in at Your listed property (and We shall have no further commitment to You under these Terms), subject to any other arrangement as may be agreed between You and HouseTrip. HouseTrip reserves the right to pay You in installments if the duration of the stay exceeds 21 days. If You do not honour a booking, You may lose Your entitlement to Your Host Fee and We reserve the right to retain the corresponding funds collected in order to refund the Guest as also referred to further in the Booking Terms.
7.12 Guests can cancel their booking at anytime, but always accordingly to the cancellation policy that You have selected as a Host. In the event a Guest cancels, We shall transfer to You the monies collected by Us from such Guest, less our Fee, in accordance with Your selected cancellation policy.
7.13 As a Host, You should not cancel a confirmed booking. If however, exceptional circumstances require You to cancel a booking, please notify Us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in relation to Your communications with the Guest. Please also refer to the Booking Terms in this respect in terms of refunds payable to Guests.
7.14 We reserve the right to cancel any booking at any time for security or fraud-protection purposes. This is generally due to our fraud-detection processes reporting a problem with the payment card submitted. In such cases the cancellation policy that you have selected will not apply and you will receive no payment for the cancelled booking.