HOUSEHOLD RULES FOR COTTAGES
Terms and conditions of rental outlined by Buck Lake Property Management. Please assure that all members of your party are familiar with the contents, particularly the conditions of rental and cleanliness guidelines. Just as you appreciated the clean and well-maintained state in which you found the cottage, we ask that you leave the cottage clean and tidy for the next guests.
Entertaining guests is very much part of cottage life; however the maximum number of persons determined for this cottage is based on the capacity of the septic system, the number of beds, and the owner's wishes. Remember that the cottage is occupied on an ongoing basis throughout the summer by other clients and the owner's family and friends in addition to your party. Please do not exceed the maximum number of persons allowed with regard to guests. Your thoughtful consideration of your cottage neighbours' need for quiet and privacy will be appreciated.
COTTAGE CONTACT PERSON: Should you have a question with regards to the running of equipment, experience a problem or maintenance issue at the cottage during your stay please call the information that has been provided for your assistance. Please ensure you identify yourself by stating the cottage address. If there is a serious life threatening emergency at the cottage, please call 911 and quote the fire number: Information has been provided.
POWER/HEAT SOURCE: Most cottages are located in rural areas and the electrical power may be interrupted from time to time, and it may stay off a little longer than it would in the city. We suggest you bring a few flashlights for emergencies. Also, if the power does go out, remember that the water system operates on an electric pump. DO NOT RUN THE WATER WHEN THE ELECTRICITY IS OFF. You may empty the water lines and need to prime the pump if this happens.
FIREPLACE: Only use if permitted by the owner. Please do not use artificial logs or anything other than regular firewood. Do not overload fireplace. Assure that the fireplace flue is open prior to lighting a fire and that the fireplace screen/doors are in place while fire is burning. Do not cut down trees on the property for firewood. Unless otherwise specified, the firewood provided should be more than adequate for your needs and we ask that you take care not to burn excessive amounts of wood unnecessarily. Do not cut or split wood on the fireplace hearth or anywhere inside the cottage.
OUTDOOR FIRES: Recreational "campfires" are only allowed if the cottage owner's have an established permanent fire pit area. Before lighting any fire out of doors, check with the local Municipal office with regard to fire regulations, restrictions and required permits.
FIREWORKS: The lighting of Fireworks are absolutely FORBIDDEN at any cottage listed. Fireworks cause forest fires.
WASTE DISPOSAL: Never leave garbage outside the cottage unless it is in a tightly covered wood or metal garbage container. Country critters (raccoons, bears, skunks) love garbage. Unless you wish to be visited by these friendly and hungry animals, please follow the garbage disposal instructions below.
Garbage Disposal Instructions:
*Highway garbage/recycling pickup is available - check the instructions left by the owner for details.
*At the end of your stay, all remaining garbage and recycling is to be taken to the landfill on 1818 Norway Road off Wilmer Road off Perth Road.
*If the landfill is not open on the day of your departure, it is the renters responsibility to dispose of the garbage/recycling on an alternate day and take remaining garbage with you.
*No garbage/recycling is to be left at the cottage.
*If any garbage/recycling is left at the cottage, it will result in a $60.00 disposal charge from your security deposit..
Landfill Hours - 1818 Norway Road
Monday to Saturday - 8:30am to 4:30pm
WATER SOURCE: Many cottage properties use the lake as a water source( this is the case with this property ). The water may be safe to drink but most owner's filter or boil their water, or bring in drinking water from an outside source. Bottled water is available at any of the Glenburnie and Perth Road stores. As noted above in "power/heat source", most cottages use an electric pump to provide water inside the cottage. The pump will go off and on as the system requires water. Please note that normally it should not run for more than ten minutes or so when there is no water being run. Check owner instructions regarding pump and if you think advisable turn the pump off until you have contacted the rental agency to determine if there is indeed a problem.
BATHROOM/SEPTIC SYSTEM/OUTHOUSE: Like most cottages and unless otherwise specified, this cottage operates on a septic system. The septic system is a very sensitive, and integral, part of cottage life. The basic rule is do not put anything down the toilet other than natural waste and toilet paper (and be conservative with the paper). Use one ply paper whenever possible. No paper towels, Kleenex, tampons, pads, matches, hair, grease, strong chemicals, etc. These are guaranteed to back up the system. Also, it is easier on the system if you flush only when absolutely necessary. If the power goes out for a period of time, if you need to flush the toilet more than once, fill the tank up with water from the lake. See note under power/heat source. The septic bed ( identified outdoors as the large flat/level open section( sometimes a lawn area ) of the cottage lot can be easily damaged by excessive weight. Do not drive over or park any vehicles in this area. Septic systems have a maximum capacity with regard to use (ie. number of persons, washrooms, laundry, etc.) Please observe the maximum number of persons determined for this cottage and indicated on your rental agreement.
BARBEQUE: We would ask that you refill the tank at the end of your stay if it appears to be close to empty. To disconnect the tank, use a wrench to unscrew connector. NOTE: Clockwise to un-tighten. That way it will be ready for the next guest to use. Please do not burn any foreign materials ( eg. wood ) in the barbecue if it is a gas or propane type. Barbecue grill should be cleaned or brushed after each use. To disconnect tank use wrench to unscrew connector. NOTE: Clockwise to tighten. This barbeque has a conventional connect that needs no tools. Most gas barbecues will have operating instructions affixed to them. If not, make sure that when lighting the barbecue that you have the lid open and the match or lighter burning already before you turn on the propane on the barbecue. After each use, turn off both the barbecue "On/OFF" valve and the cylinder or tank valve. Propane can be exchanged in Glenburnie - south on Perth Road, beside the grocery store.
TELEVISION: Cable TV/Satellite service is a luxury restricted to urban areas, therefore be forewarned that in cottage country, television reception and selection of channels tends to be limited.
RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT: If we have not indicated that a piece of recreational equipment is available on the inventory list, then it is not for the use of renters. That is, if there is a boat or motor etc. at the cottage, but one is not listed on your cottage inventory sheet, please do not use.
PATIO FURNITURE ON COTTAGE DECK: Please fold up patio umbrella when not at the cottage or overnight. Every year one or two umbrellas and deck furniture blow away and cause significant damage.
COMMUNITY NOTES: Cottage communities have become very inter-dependent. Everyone knows everyone else and keeps an eye on their property for them. Don't be surprised if someone asks who you are. Explain that you are guests of the owner's. Your due consideration of the owner's place in that community will be appreciated - no loud parties or noise after 10:00 P.M., and observe normal boating and water guidelines, etc.
USE OF OWNER FOOD SUPPLIES: Since the owner's use the cottage themselves, they may leave some food supplies or staples at the cottage. Please do not use.
PETS: All pets at the cottage must be pre-approved and recorded on the rental contract. The number of pets is restricted to one unless prior, written authorization is obtained. Guests visiting the cottage are not permitted to bring a pet without the express written permission. Any Vacationer who contravenes said conditions shall be subject to immediate eviction without refund and/or a penalty of $100.00 per day.
Please note that you as pet owner must be responsible for your pet. The Owner and/or Agency accept no liability for any pets or their actions. In this regard please adhere to the following pet rules:
-Pets must be kept on a leash or near you at all times if close to neighbours. Remember that sound carries over water, do not allow your pet to disturb the neighbours.
-Do not allow pets on the furniture (especially the beds). If your pet is used to this behaviour at home then please bring blankets/towels to cover the furniture.
-All dog poop must be cleaned up from the cottage lawn and driveway area. This a municipal requirement and a community expectation. Your compliance would be appreciated by the owner and the next guests. Failure to do so will result in a $30 clean up fee.
-Any damages caused to the property by a pet shall be assessed and taken off your security deposit/guarantee with the rental.
-Please note that If a property is advertised as "NO PETS" restricted, this does not necessarily mean the cottage has not had pets present at some time. The Agency takes no responsibility for conditions arising from allergies at any cottage, whether noted as "NO PETS" or not.
SMOKING: No smoking is permitted inside this cottage. IF smoking is permitted outside the cottage. Do Not leave any cigarette butts on the property. Please use a proper receptacle to dispose of them.
CHECK OUT TIME: You must adherence to the check out time unless otherwise indicated on your booking confirmation form. This is in order to allow time for cottage maintenance and preparation for the next cottage guests.
NOTES ON INSECTS, LOCAL WILDLIFE: Insects(mosquitoes, earwigs, wood roaches ants etc.)and mice are very much part of cottage country. To discourage these pests endeavour to keep exterior screen doors closed at all times, do not leave damp or wet towels lying on decks/beach area or open food/crumbs on tables and counters.
CLEANING: Thank you for your thoughtfulness and consideration in leaving the cottage (inside and out) thoroughly clean and tidy, as it was for your arrival. Cleaning equipment and supplies normally used, have been provided to make your task as easy as possible. If you deplete any of these supplies, please replace them for the next guest. (Please check the inventory list to determine if cleaning supplies are indeed included).
If the property requires additional cleaning following your departure, appropriate deductions will be made from your security deposit along with a $50.00 administration fee.