Mission statement -
MUSIC: Toccata in A major
by Domenico Paradisi 1707 - 1791
We are not a real estate agency nor intermediary nor brokers. The properties we select are of trustworthy proprietors, and the payment is due to them only. We are a service company, our duty is to assist you and guide you throughout your stay in Italy. Consider us your Rome experts and custodians. We will be overjoyed if you will consider us your Roman friends.
By dealing with us you agree to the following conditions:
1. Booking: We
can refuse a booking if we experience
that prospect clients tenants disregard moral and ethical principles, or
if their behaviour conflicts with our philosophy of polite and constructive
2. Booking confirmation and arrival procedure of rentals: At least 30 days before
the beginning of the rent, tenants must agree with us the check-in
arrangements, or in any case a precise meeting time at the apartment.
The messages on this matter must be double confirmed from both ends
(i.e. we both need to be sure that the other side has received the
instructions/arrangements, to avoid unpleasant and possibly problematic
misundertstandings). If this is not done, tenants lose their reservation
rights and forfeit their deposit.
We need to do this because we must organize in advance the check-in from a
logistics point of view (the properties are scattered all over Rome's centre
and in Italy).
The check-in, the consignement of the keys, final contract writing, and financial
matters are directly performed at the property.
3. Payment of the rental: It must be paid upon arrival in Rome, on
the day the rental begins and before actually renting the property.
4. Cancellation by you: If you cancel all or any
part of your booking, you will not be entitled to reimbursement of
the deposit by the proprietors or the agency, as it is an earnest (in Italian "caparra"), which is not reimbursed by the Italian law.
5. Amendments and alterations: If you change your
dates, this becomes a new rental. Your deposit is subject to the cancellation
conditions as explained in paragraph 4.
6. Alterations and cancellations by Roman Homes: Although
it is very unlikely that we will have to make any changes to confirmed
arrangements, it does rarely happen and we will advise you at the
earliest possible date. If, for any reason beyond our control, the proprietors
are unable to provide you with the property you have booked, we will suggest similar alternative properties. However, if this
will not be possible, or if you do not wish to proceed with the change, the proprietors will
refund the amount paid in full. The proprietors or us will not
be liable for any further obligations or claims by you.
7. Number of persons / Replacements: Only those
persons listed in the booking procedure may use the property. The
number of people must not exceed the number of sleeping places indicated
in the property listing or brochure. Pets need to have the explicit
permission of proprietors. Should the key holder find any violations
to this clauses, it is totally up to her/his discretion to ask you
to vacate the house.
8. Arrival and departure hours: You must arrive
between 10:15 am and 5 pm and leave by 10 am on the day
of departure unless alternative arrangements are made in advance.
You should kindly plan on providing us an estimated arrival time at
least 20 days before the date of your rental beginning. If you arrive
before noon, you can enter the apartment after 10:15/10:30 am to leave
your luggage, complete the bureaucratic / financial aspects, and take they keys, yet you will be able to stay in the property, having possession of it, only if the latter was not rented the night before. If
the property was rented the night before, it must be thus cleaned and prepared,
and you may be asked either not to stand on the clenears way, or if they consider it necessary, to leave it and return between 12:30 - 1 pm, to them complete their work. This is done only to welcome you
as soon as possible.
Mind you, the legal/technical/customary
time in Europe at which properties are consigned clean varies between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
So we do our best to let you access the property before, however the proprietors and cleaners need more time for a complete professional cleaning.
If you arrive later than the above hours, and especially after 7 pm, late arrival fees are charged, proportional to the late hour. However, late arrivals must be discussed and agreed upon with the agency, it is not an automatic step, as it depends on the feasibility of working at such late hour.
If duly informed, we will responsibly wait additionally, however waiting fees might be applied, 12 Euro every 30 minutes delay until 9 PM, and 15 Euro every 30 minutes after 9 PM.
9. Utilities and other extras: All extras are specified
on the property listing and are due in local currency or western currencies
cash on arrival or during your stay. If you wish, long distance calls
made from the rented property can be put on an AT&T, MCI, Sprint
or similar phone credit card. Meters will be read on arrival and departure
and the exact charges will be due on departure. We will deduct the
cost of any unpaid utilities and telephone charges from your security
deposit (warranty against damage). Also additional maid service or cooking service must be paid
separately. Please give us as much notice as possible regarding these services.
10. Security deposit (warranty against damage): A security
deposit or warranty against damage is due on every property. The amount of each deposit will
be specified when you contact us. It will be held in a non-interest
bearing account (interest-bearing only for long term rentals over
9 months). The security deposit covers the cost of any damage or breakage
during your stay to the property and its contents, inside and outside,
excluding normal wear. This amount, less any applicable claims (see
paragraph 9), will be returned at your departure, before you leave the property. If the damage caused
by you exceeds the amount of the security deposit you will still
be accountable for it.
11. Complaints: We must be notified upon arrival
at the property of any complaints you have about the property, its furniture,
equipment, maintenance or cleaning allowing us to explain them to the proprietors, and enabling them to possibly make whatever is needed to solve the problem. Complaints lodged at the end of
the rental period will not be taken into consideration. Should you
abandon the property without authorisation from the owner, key holder
or property representative you will lose all rights to compensation. We
do not accept responsibility for the breakdown of the supply of utilities
or other essential services though we will use our best efforts to
arrange for these problems to be solved. As soon as any breakdown
of appliances or breakage appears you should notify us, giving us
a way to repair or fix the problem as soon as possible.
12. Facility malfunction due to national or international suppliers (internet, phone etc.). The owners of the apartments and Roman Homes do our best to make all facilities work. However, occasionally, there might be a malfunction due to the national or international suppliers (such as Telecom Italia or Fastweb Italy for the phone or internet, ENEL Italia for electricity, Comune di Roma or Rome Municipality etc.). In these cases we will do our best to contact the suppliers and to make them solve the problem. However, these are large national companies, usually having a monopoly on the facility, and thus not customer-friendly nor prone to solve the problems immediately. They might intervene and solve the problem immediately, or they might do it slowly. The owner or Roman Homes cannot will not be accountable in such cases, nor will reimburse part of the payment as "compensation" etc. It is simply beyond us.
13. Cleaning: You will find the property clean.
The property must be left in good order by you at the end of the rental
period. If you require special cleaning during the stay, please see
paragraph 9. Additional cleaning charges may be assessed against the
security deposit if the home is not left in reasonable conditions
in the opinion of the owner or of the property manager.
14. Exchange of foreign, non-Euro currency. The official currency of the rentals, and of our service, is the Euro, which is the currency you should pay with. If you would like to pay with a foreign, non-Euro currency, the owners or Roman Homes will exchange the amounts given into Euro. We will naturally try to obtain the best exchange for you, and with no additional charge for this service, done out of courtesy. However, the foreign currency will be exchanged to cover the due amount in Euro, and nor the owners nor Roman Homes will be held responsible or accountable for the exchange rate applied by banks or exchange bureaus. Along the same line, prices mentioned in US$ and foreseeable exchange rates between Euro and non-Euro currencies mentioned to clients (in the e-mail correspondence, or orally) are just a guide and a forecast. The exchange rate applied of banks or exchange bureaus will be the only one valid, for which we are not responsible nor accountable.
The amounts are due net of commissions, in particular to exchange travelers' checks. Please bear in mind that also Euro travelers' checks require a commission to be exchanged in Italy although the Euro is the currency of the country. It is a contingent reality applied by all exchange bureaux and banks, thus embedded in this method of payment, beyond our will, and it will be thus the clients' responsibility to pay such commissions. We do not advise thus that you pay in Euro travelers' checks, as you will have to pay a premium in your country to obtain them, and a commission in Italy to exchange them into real Euro.
15. Behaviour: The person signing the rental contract
is responsible for the correct and decent behaviour of his/her party.
Should the person and his/her party behave in such a manner that is
not acceptable by civilised standards, the key holder may ask the
person and his/her party to vacate the house and ask also the intervention
of local authorities.
16. Vacating the property. It is understood that the contract automatically
expires at the end of the rental term as stated on the contract. Neglect
to vacate the rental property within its leased term will automatically
result in a daily fine of 150 Euros (app. 190 US$ or 100 GBP) in addition
to the prorated rent for occupying the rental property without a contract.
Any renewal of the contract must be closed with the proprietors or with their representatives. In such circumstances, the rental
rate can be re-negotiated, all utility bills must be paid and a
reassessment of the security deposit shall be made.
17. Liability: You and your party hold Roman Homes
and the property owner harmless from and against any and all liability
arising out of, or in any way connected with, your use and occupancy
of the property, including injuries, damages or losses from fire,
theft or criminal activity. Roman Homes and the property owner are
never liable for consequential damages.
18. Jurisdiction: Both the booking contract and
the rental contract are governed by the Italian laws. Courts in Rome,
Italy, have exclusive jurisdiction over any claims, disputes or other
matters in question between the parties.
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