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Rental agreement - is there a way to make guest initial every page or important paragraph?

Replies: 8 - Pages: 1 - Last Reply: May 16, 2019 1:06 PM by: Chris Hynes
BlueMtnCabins
Registered: 6/6/16
Rental agreement - is there a way to make guest initial every page or important paragraph?

There was a post in Say No to VRBO group about owner taking Airbnb guests to court over contract violation. Her contract was found to supersede Airbnb's perhaps because she had is not only signed but every page initialed. So, is there a way to make guest initial every page of rental agreement (or even more specifically, important paragraphs within it)? TIA

JTVRs
Registered: 6/25/18
Re: Rental agreement - is there a way to make guest initial every page or important paragraph?

Would definitely like to see that

Also, my understanding is that cancellation verbiage should be at the BOTTOM of the contract near the signatures

BlueMtnCabins
Registered: 6/6/16
Re: Rental agreement - is there a way to make guest initial every page or important paragraph?

JTVRs said:

Would definitely like to see that

Also, my understanding is that cancellation verbiage should be at the BOTTOM of the contract near the signatures


I have it as a custom field where they have to initial to acknowledge on the check out form even before they get into the agreement itself.

Paul W
Registered: 6/9/09
Re: Rental agreement - is there a way to make guest initial every page or important paragraph?

Some discussion going on on this side in recent weeks about renter agreements... All design at this point - not scheduled for dev - but we'd like to do the following:

- make the guest pick a signature font up front like DocuSign and HelloSign do
- have them agree, when picking their sig, that they agree to an eSign process
- add legal "callouts" that they first read which are plain text paragraphs that are each of the main bullet points that stand out: cancellation, pets, extra guests... all the important stuff
- they have to check, initial or both to all of these
- the entire agreement is then rendered with the callout bullets in the middle and their intials on it as an image
- they have to "slide down" the page and sign each page and/or the very bottom
- add a final metadata page about the booking, guest and dates. We've seen where DocuSign, HelloSign and the others do this. It helps formalize the chain of events

We believe this would vastly improve the RA's. Thoughts?

BlueMtnCabins
Registered: 6/6/16
Re: Rental agreement - is there a way to make guest initial every page or important paragraph?

Yes yes. Even if without the signature using fancy fonts, but where it makes them to do some ACTION on important paragraphs (such as type in initials etc). So if that can be done 1st, and other features introduced gradually, that would help. I did create a custom field where they have to initial to agree to a one-sentence "no pets" and "no refunds withing 60 days", but there are other important things (like hot tub) which are simply impossible to handle as custom fields.

make the guest pick a signature font up front like DocuSign and HelloSign do << nice to have
- have them agree, when picking their sig, that they agree to an eSign process << must have
- add legal "callouts" that they first read which are plain text paragraphs that are each of the main bullet points that stand out: cancellation, pets, extra guests... all the important stuff << not sure what that looks like
- they have to check, initial or both to all of these << must have
- the entire agreement is then rendered with the callout bullets in the middle and their intials on it as an image
- they have to "slide down" the page and sign each page and/or the very bottom << must have
- add a final metadata page about the booking, guest and dates. << nice to have

We've seen where DocuSign, HelloSign and the others do this. It helps formalize the chain of events
I have used Signnow (cudasign) and I could insert the spots where they were forced to enter number of adults/ kids. I had the initials required on bottom of each page.

I am currently handling adults /kids via custom form fields. the reason for having that is: a) imports sometimes come from OTAs with 0 in that field 2) some people when they use OTA (or even my website widget), only put default minimum (like 1 or 2 people) when in reality they have 12 ; and 3) one more check that they are not over occupancy (which many OTAs encourage).

JTVRs
Registered: 6/25/18
Re: Rental agreement - is there a way to make guest initial every page or important paragraph?

I am all for it.

I have seen in two places that the cancellation verbiage should be at the BOTTOM of the page near signature. This appears to relate to enforceability. It shouldn't be buried within the body of the agreement.

JTVRs
Registered: 6/25/18
Re: Rental agreement - is there a way to make guest initial every page or important paragraph?

As always, when I try to edit my post several minutes later, it is rejected with an error.

I was trying to say "I assume this will work smoothly even if we did a lot of surgery on the contents of the default agreement?"

Chris Hynes
Registered: 10/19/12
Re: Rental agreement - is there a way to make guest initial every page or important paragraph?

Yep, it'll be based on whatever template you use, and you'll be able to add your own callout sections.

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