§ 1 Scope of application
1.1 These General Terms and Conditions for the Hotel Industry (hereinafter referred to as "AGBH 2006") shall replace the previous ÖHVB Austrian Hotel Contract Conditions as amended on 23 September 1981.
1.2 The AGBH 2006 shall not exclude special agreements. The AGBH 2006 shall be subsidiary to agreements made on an individual basis.
§ 2 Definitions
"Proprietor": means an individual or entity that accommodates guests against remuneration.
"Guest": means an individual that uses accommodation. Usually the guest is also the Party. Guests also include those persons that are accommodated together with such Party (e.g. family members, friends etc.).
"Party": means a domestic or foreign individual or entity that enters into an Accommodation Agreement as a Guest or for a Guest.
"Consumer" and "Entrepreneur": these terms shall be construed as defined by the 1979 Consumer Protection Act (Konsumentenschutzgesetz) as amended.
"Accommodation Agreement": means the agreement made between the Proprietor and the Party, the contents of which are specified below.
§ 3 Execution of the agreement - Down payment
3.1 The Accommodation Agreement shall be deemed entered into upon the acceptance of the Party's order by the Proprietor. Electronic declarations shall be deemed received when they can be collected by the party to which they are addressed under normal circumstances provided that they are received during the published business hours of the Proprietor.
3.2 The Proprietor shall be entitled to enter into the Accommodation Agreement under the condition that the Party makes a down payment. In such event, the Proprietor shall be obliged to inform the Party of the required down payment before accepting the written or oral order of the Party. If the Party agrees to the down payment (in writing or orally), the Accommodation Agreement shall be deemed entered into upon the receipt of the Party's declaration of consent on the down payment by the Proprietor.
3.3 The Party shall be obliged to make the down payment no later than 7 days (receipt) before the accommodation. The costs for the financial transaction (e.g. remittance fee) shall be paid by the Party. Credit and debit cards shall be subject to the terms and conditions of the issuing company.
3.4 The down payment shall be deemed an instalment of the agreed remuneration.
§ 4 Start and end of accommodation
4.1 Unless the Proprietor offers any other time of occupancy, the Party shall be entitled to move into the rented rooms from 4.00 p.m. on the agreed date ("date of arrival").
4.2 If a room is occupied for the first time before 6.00 a.m., the preceding night shall be deemed the first night of accommodation.
4.3 The rented rooms shall be vacated by the Party by 12.00 noon on the date of departure. The Proprietor shall be entitled to charge another day if the rented rooms are not vacated in time.
§ 5 Rescission of the Accommodation Agreement - Cancellation fee
Rescission by the Proprietor
5.1 If the Accommodation Agreement provides for a down payment and such down payment has not been made by the Party in time, the Proprietor may rescind the Accommodation Agreement without granting any grace period.
5.2 If the Guest fails to arrive by 6.00 p.m. on the agreed date of arrival, the Proprietor shall not be obliged to accommodate them unless a later time of arrival has been agreed upon.
5.3 If the Party has made a down payment (see 3.3), the rooms shall be deemed reserved until 12.00 noon on the day following the date of arrival at the latest. If a down payment to the amount of more than four days has been made, the obligation to accommodate the Guest shall end on 6.00 p.m. on the fourth day, the date of arrival being deemed the first day, unless the Guest informs the Proprietor of a later date of arrival.
5.4 Unless otherwise agreed upon, the Proprietor may rescind the Accommodation Agreement for objectively justified reasons by means of a unilateral declaration by 3 months before the agreed date of arrival of the Party.
Rescission by the Party - Cancellation fee
5.5 The Party may rescind the Accommodation Agreement by means of a unilateral declaration by 3 months before the agreed date of arrival of the Guest without being liable to pay a cancellation fee.
5.6 Outside the period specified in § 5.5., the Party may only rescind the Accommodation Agreement by means of a unilateral declaration subject to the following cancellation fees:
- 40% of the total agreed price by 1 month before the date of arrival;
- 70% of the total agreed price by 1 week before the date of arrival;
- 90% of the total agreed price within the last week preceding the date of arrival.
3 months or more - no cancellation fee
3 months to 1 month - 40%
1 month to 1 week - 70%
up to 1 week - 90%
Prevention from arrival
5.7 If the Party is prevented from arriving at the accommodating establishment on the date of arrival since this is impossible due to unforeseeable extraordinary events (e.g. extreme snowfall, floods etc.), the Party shall not be obliged to pay the agreed remuneration for the date of arrival.
5.8 The obligation to pay the remuneration for the booked stay shall revive as soon as the arrival becomes possible again provided that it becomes possible within three days.
§ 6 Provision of substitute accommodation
6.1 The Proprietor may provide the Party or the guests with adequate substitute accommodation (of the same quality) provided that this is reasonable for the Party, particularly if the difference is insignificant and objectively justified.
6.2 An objective justification shall, for example, be deemed given if the room(s) has (have) become unusable, guests that have already been accommodated prolong their stay, the establishment is overbooked or this becomes necessary due to other important operational activities.
6.3 Any extra expenses arising from such substitute accommodation shall be paid by the Proprietor.
§ 7 Rights of the Party
7.1 By entering into an Accommodation Agreement, the Party shall acquire the right to make normal use of the rented rooms and the facilities of the accommodating establishment that are usually accessible to the guests for use without any special conditions and of the usual service. The Party shall exercise their rights in accordance with any applicable hotel and/or guest regulations (rules of the house).
§ 8 Obligations of the Party
8.1 The Party shall be obliged to pay the agreed remuneration plus any extra amounts that have arisen from the use of special services by the Party and/or the accompanying guests plus any applicable VAT by the date of departure at the latest.
8.2 The Proprietor shall not be obliged to accept foreign currencies. If the Proprietor accepts foreign currencies, such shall be accepted at the current price if possible. If the Proprietor accepts foreign currencies or cashless means of payment, the Party shall pay any associated costs, e.g. for inquiries with credit card companies, telegrams etc.
8.3 The Party shall be liable towards the Proprietor for any damage caused by themselves or the Guest or any other persons that receive services of the Proprietor with the knowledge or in accordance with the intention of the Party.
§ 9 Rights of the Proprietor
9.1 If the Party refuses to pay or is in arrears with the agreed remuneration, the Proprietor shall be entitled to make use of the legal right of retention in accordance with § 970c of ABGB Austrian Civil Code and the legal right of lien in accordance with § 1101 of ABGB with respect to the items brought along by the Party or the Guest. Furthermore, the Proprietor shall be entitled to make use of this right of retention or lien in order to secure its claims under the Accommodation Agreement, particularly for catering, other expenses made for the Party and for any kind of damage claims.
9.2 If services are requested in the room of the Party or during unusual times of the day (after 8.00 p.m. and before 6.00 a.m.), the Proprietor shall be entitled to charge an extra remuneration. However, such extra remuneration shall be indicated on the price board for the room. The Proprietor may also refuse such services for operational reasons.
9.3 The Proprietor shall be entitled to issue invoices or interim invoices for its services at any time.
§ 10 Obligations of the Proprietor
10.1 The Proprietor shall be obliged to provide the agreed services to an extent that complies with its standards.
10.2 Extra services of the Proprietor that must be indicated accordingly since they are not included in the accommodation remuneration shall, by way of example, include:
a) Extra accommodation services that may be invoiced separately, such as the provision of lounges, sauna, indoor and/or outdoor swimming pool, solarium, garages etc.;
b) A reduced price shall be charged for the provision of additional beds or cribs.
§ 11 Liability of the Proprietor for damage to items of guests
11.1 The Proprietor shall be liable for the items brought along by the Party in accordance with §§ 970 ss of ABGB. The Proprietor shall only be liable if the items have been handed over to the Proprietor or the persons authorised by the Proprietor or deposited in a place assigned by such or intended for such purpose. Unless the Proprietor provides other evidence, the Proprietor shall be liable for its own fault or the fault of its vicarious agents and visitors. In accordance with § 970 sec. 1 of ABGB, the Proprietor shall only be liable up to the amount specified in the Austrian law on the liability of landlords and other entrepreneurs of 16 November 1921 (Bundesgesetz über die Haftung der Gastwirte und anderer Unternehmer) as amended. If the Party or the Guest fails to immediately comply with the Proprietor's request to deposit their items in a special deposit, the Proprietor shall be released from any liability. The amount of any liability of the Proprietor shall be limited to a maximum of the sum insured under the third-party liability insurance of such Proprietor. Any fault of the Party or Guest shall be taken into account.
11.2 The Proprietor may not be held liable for slight negligence. If the Party is an Entrepreneur, the Proprietor may neither be held liable for gross negligence. In such event, the burden of proof to show the fault shall lie with the Party. No consequential or indirect damage and no loss of profit shall be reimbursed.
11.3 The Proprietor shall only be liable for valuables, money and securities up to an amount of currently €550.--. The Proprietor shall only be liable for any exceeding damage in the event it has accepted such items for deposition knowing their quality or in the event the damage has been caused by itself or its vicarious agents. The limitation of liability in accordance with 12.1 and 12.2 shall apply accordingly.
11.4 The Proprietor may refuse to deposit valuables, money and securities if the items are significantly more valuable than those usually handed over for deposition by the guests of the accommodating establishment.
11.5 In each event of deposition, liability shall be excluded if the Party and/or