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Rental Agreement

Making a Reservation:

It's easy to make a reservation. Simply surf our site, pick out your favorite homes, then book online or call us toll-free at 1-800-334-1000.

Responsible Groups Welcome: The use of the Premises is restricted to You and Your Family. A "family" as used herein means parents, grandparents, children, spouses of children, and extended family members vacationing at the premises. Use of the Premises by Fraternities, Sororities, or Unrelated Groups Under 24 Years of Age is Prohibited. Occupancy is restricted to the number of Occupants for the Premises set forth in the property description. Southern Shores Realty operates under the North Carolina Vacation Rental Act and will commence expedited eviction under this law if a home is rented under false pretense.

PRIORITY RESERVATIONS: Each guest is given the opportunity to make a Priority Reservation for the same unit the following year. You will receive an email during your stay with a link that will take you to Guest Web to fill in your Priority Reservation Form. You will maintain your priority for the same house and same week as long as you make your reservation within 1 week of your departure. Only the property owner has a higher priority. (Reservations made through our website by someone other than the guest that has the Priority option will be notified if the unit is not reserved by the Priority guest.)

Mini-Vacations: Mini-Vacation reservations (3-night minimum) can be made on the Wednesday preceding the 3 nights to be reserved. Off-Season non-holiday mini-vacations may be booked 10 days prior to arrival. Mini Vacations cannot be booked online. Rate reductions do not apply to Mini Vacations.

Advance Rent and Confirmation: The advertised Rental Rate is based on 7 NIGHTS OCCUPANCY. The day you make your reservation, we will send you an email with instructions on how to log into Guest Web to view your lease. We ask that you read and e-sign the lease agreement within three (3) days of placing the reservation. The required advance rent payment is 50% of the rent and the cost of Travel Insurance.

Important - if we do not receive your advance rent payment AND/OR your signed lease agreement within 3 days, your reservation cannot be guaranteed and may be deleted.

Taxes: North Carolina sales tax and County occupancy tax are added to your total rent and will be due when the balance of your rent is paid. The current state sales tax is 6.75%. The current Dare & Currituck county occupancy tax rate is 6%. Tax rates are subject to change.

Optional Travel Insurance: Finally, an insurance company that protects your vacation investment. Take the worry out of planning ahead. Your vacation is a significant investment. Just as you protect your home or car, you should also protect your travel investment. Unforeseen circumstances, illness, and injuries do occur. Protect your family by purchasing CSA Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance. The cost is small compared to your total vacation expense. A detailed informational pamphlet will be sent to you along with your rental lease. If you are not completely satisfied, the insurance policy may be cancelled within 10 days of booking your reservation and prior to your travel date.

Security/Damage/Cleaning Deposit:  There is a $500 FULLY REFUNDABLE deposit that is due with the balance of your rent. (ALL DEPOSITS WILL BE PLACED IN AN INTEREST BEARING ESCROW ACCOUNT WITH THE INTEREST ACCRUING TO SOUTHERN SHORES REALTY). This deposit will be fully refunded within 45 days of your departure provided there is NO DAMAGE or EXTRA CLEANING REQUIRED in the unit, you have left the unit in good condition, and have vacated the premises no later than 10:00 A.M.

Vacation Rental Damage Protection:  Southern Shores Realty also offers an optional Vacation Rental Damage Protection Plan through its partnership with CSA Travel Protection. Simply make a one time payment of $40, in lieu of a Security Deposit, and avoid the hassle of having to pay for accidental damage later.

Balance of Rent: Remaining balances (rent, taxes, security deposit - if required, and any other fees) are due thirty (30) days prior to your arrival. You may pay this by personal check, a form of cash, or credit card. Should your personal check be returned for any reason, there will be a $25 service charge added to your balance. All payments should be in US Dollars.

Payments: Southern Shores Realty will accept a personal check (if received at least 30 days before your check-in date), a form of cash, or credit card (American Express, Visa, Discover or MasterCard). All payments should be in US Dollars. When paying by credit card (American Express, Visa, Discover or MasterCard) the following guidelines apply: If a credit card is used the following guidelines must be adhered to:

(1)The person named on the lease must also be the person whose name is on the credit card.

(2)Upon our acceptance of your credit card, your reservation will be considered immediately confirmed, subject to our receipt of a signed lease, which is due within three (3) days. For Late Bookings - If a credit card is used to pay for a last minute booking (less than 30 days prior to arrival), we will charge the entire amount to your credit card including rent, taxes, security deposit (if required), and other fees that apply (pet, linen, etc.). In the case of a "No-Show" the reservation will be treated as a cancellation, and will fall under the rules specified in Lease Section: Cancellations.

Arrivals and Departures

If you have already made your reservation, check here for arrival and departure information.

Town Websites

Visit the website for the Outer Banks town that you will be staying in. You will find beach regulations, noise ordinance information, parking information, and more.

Standard Equipment

All units are equipped for basic housekeeping (except cleaning supplies, sheets, and towels). This includes furniture, washers, dryers, TV, telephone . . .