Rental Information

Payment

initial rental deposit: Fifty percent (50%) of the total rental amount (rent + tax), is due at the time the rental agreement is signed.

balance of the rental payment: The fifty percent (50%) balance (rent + tax) of the rental payment, is due at the beginning of the rental term.

security deposit: A refundable security deposit (check or cash) is due at the beginning of the rental term.  The security deposit is completely refundable at the end of the rental term, assuming no damage to the house and/or property, compliance with all rules and regulations of the property, and no excessive final cleaning (in excess of $100.).

method of payment: Our preferred method of payment is by either check (personal, business, or cashier’s), or money order.  If you would like to pay the rental amount using a PayPal account, or credit card, there is an additional four percent (4%) administrative fee.

Pets

Pets are generally not allowed, however, we may make an exception on case by case basis (i.e., ADA assist amimal, seeing-eye dog, etc.) but the ultimate decision to allow a pet or not is at the sole discretion of Bahama Gardens.  In the event the decision is made to allow a pet on the property, it must be in writing; the animal must be friendly, have all of its required shots, and is on a flea and tick preventative (Frontline and/or Advantage); the pet must be on a leash the entire time that it is on the property; the owner agrees to pick up after the pet, and the owner agrees to accept ALL responsibility for the pet while the pet is on the property.  We require a  pet security deposit of $500 per stay, which is 100% refundable at the end of the rental term, assuming no damage or breach of the terms described in the rental agreement.

Cancellation Policy

(90) days, or more, prior to the beginning of the rental term:

A guest may cancel the rental agreement, provided the guest notifies the rental agent, in writing.

In the event the guest notifies the rental agent, as described, seventy-five percent (75%) of rental deposit received will be refunded to the guest; and twenty percent (25%) of the rental deposit received will be retained by the rental agent.

Between (90) days and (60) days prior to the beginning of the rental term:

A guest may cancel the rental agreement, provided the guest notifies the rental agent, in writing.

In the event the guest notifies the rental agent, as described, fifty percent (50%) of rental deposit received will be refunded to the guest; and fifty percent (50%) of rental deposit received will be retained by the rental agent.

(60) days, or less, prior to the beginning of the rental term:

A guest may cancel the rental agreement, provided the guest notifies the rental agent in writing.

In the event a guest notifies the rental agent, as described, one hundred percent (100%) of rental deposit received by the rental agent will be retained by the rental agent, as liquidated damages.

Hurricanes:

In the event Key West is under a hurricane watch (or warning) within seven (7) days prior to a guest’s scheduled arrival date, and the guest decides not to occupy the house, and the guest notifies the rental agent, in writing, all monies paid by the guest may be refunded to the guest, or the guest may receive a credit for a future stay (subject to availability) – at the option of the guest.

Key West Ordinance:

The City of Key West requires that I rent the house to you for a rental term of thirty (30) days or longer, during which time only the tenant, his/her family, friends, and/or guests,  have sole and exclusive use of the house.  You are not required by law to remain in the house for the entire rental term.  According to my attorney and the City attorney, if I rent the house to you, and you, your guests and/or friends only occupy the house for (example) fifteen (15) days, the house must remain empty for the rest of the rental term – and no one else is allowed to use the (my) house – including me!  Only in America.

We do require that all family members, friends, and/or guests of the lessee staying on the property register with the lessor/ lessor’s agent.

The house will be inspected at the time the lessee receives the keys from the lessor/ lessor’s agent, and when the keys are returned to the lessor/ lessor’s agent. The lessee will not be responsible for the house when the keys are in the possession of the lessor/ lessor’s agent.

You are not required by law to remain in the house for the entire thirty (30) day rental term