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Policies Guidelines

Please review the following guidelines of Heartland Cabin Rentals before you make your reservation. Guests are responsible for understanding the rules and regulations and adhering to them.

Heartland Cabin Rentals has been in business since 1993. Heartland Cabin Rentals,  manages the cabins, chalets and cottages on the Heartland Program, as well as the amenities and furnishings within each rental. All properties are privately owned and furnished by the cabin homeowners. All cabins, chalets, and cottages have basic amenities such as fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms.

All rentals are privately owned units. Neither the owner nor Heartland Cabin Rentals are responsible for any accidents, injuries, or illnesses that occur while on the premises. Heartland Rentals and private homeowners also are not responsible for the loss of guest personal belongings or valuables. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises, or anyone in their party whom they invite to use the premises during their stay.

Refusal - We have the right to refuse to rent our cabins to any guest at any time. We reserve the right to cancel a reservation at any time. You must be 21 years or older to rent a one bedroom cabin and 25 years or older to rent a two bedroom and larger.

Basic Amenities - Central Heat and A/C, stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, dishes, flatware, utensils, pots and pans, telephones, color TV/DVD, fire and smoke detectors, pillows, bed linens and blankets; towels, washcloths, and bathmats.

Guests Should Supply - Heartland provides each unit with a starter supply of bar soap, dish soap, make-up remover wipes, toilet paper and paper towels. 
Items not included that guests will need to supply: charcoal for the barbecue grill, fire starter or kindling, iron and ironing boards, extra blankets, cribs, laundry detergent, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, coffee filters and condiments.

Seasonal Decorations - Some units are decorated for the holidays. Guests may put up artificial Christmas trees only during a holiday stay. Guests must properly dispose of all personal decorations upon departure.

Reservations - Reservations can be made either by calling our office or by making reservations online. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance. The day you make reservations, your deposit is due either by Visa, Discover, or Master Card. The required deposit is 50% of the total plus trip insurance if purchased. Balance is due 14 days (two weeks) before your arrival date, payable by Visa, Discover, Master Card, or money order (money order must be received prior to the 2 weeks of the remaining balance otherwise it will be automatically charged to the credit card on file). No personal checks will be accepted less than 60 days prior to your arrival date. A $25.00 service fee will be charged for any returned checks.

Cancellation Policy - Due to holding these accommodations and in consideration of the fact that we did not rent this unit or these dates to others, we cannot return any payments unless you cancel prior to your arrival date (60 days). If you cancel and the date is greater than 60 days from your arrival date we will refund your deposit, less our administration fee ($30) and cancellation fee ($60) totaling $90 plus tax. If you cancel within 60 days of your arrival date there will be no refund of either the deposit or remaining balance. All refunds are issued after the end of the month bookkeeping is completed.
Please consider adding RedSky Trip Insurance to your reservation. (Trip Insurance is also non refundable.)

Rescheduling - If you need to reschedule your reservation dates, changes must be made more than 30 days before your arrival date. A $15.00 transfer fee will be charged. Any changes made to original reservations will be charged a $15.00 administration fee.

Refunds - All refunds are remitted on the 15th of each month for the previous month.

Damage Wavier - A non Refundable Damage Wavier fee is applied to each reservation. The amount is $39 and this will cover up to $1,500 in accidental damage. Accidents are bound to happen and this will protect you for instances such as dishware dropped and broken. The damage waiver will not cover intentional damage such as damage to the television, furniture, hot tub, etc. The name of the person on the credit card will be the one responsible for any intentional damage. Any dollar amount that goes over $1,500 the responsible party will be charged accordingly to cover the damages.

Cleaning Fee - All of our units have a non-refundable cleaning fee. This fee is for sterilizing hot tubs and Jacuzzi's, bathrooms, bed linens, floors and kitchens.

A nonrefunable $30 administration fee will be applied to each reservation.

Check-In and Late Arrivals - 
Office Hours are as follows:
Monday through Sunday from 9:00 AM until 11:00 PM

Regular Check-In begins at 4:00 PM each day and continues until our office closes. Heartland Rentals does not offer early check-in.
If you are arriving after hours call the office at (888) 711-0087 for check in instructions. We will leave a late check in package outside for you in our late check in box. The package will include directions to your rental and keys or key code to your rental. Your package will not be left out if you do not have all your paperwork sent in along with a copy of your Driver’s License or if the reservation is not paid in full. If there is any concern with whether or not we have received your paperwork you need to call before you arrival date a (888) 711-0087. We recommend you to arrive before the office closes to ensure you are able to go over the cabin directions and door code with one of our office staff. Also, it is easier to find your cabin.
No arrivals are allowed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day or New Year's Day.

Checkout - Checkout is 10:30 AM. If you check out later, you will be charged $100.00 minimum for late checkout. No late checkouts are allowed, unless you have pre-approved permission from the office. To check out, call the rental office; either an answering machine or an office staff member will answer. State your cabin name and your time of departure. Please refer to the instructions on your cabin directions (received at check-in) regarding how to return your rental keys.

Cleanup Requirements for Checkout - When you are ready to leave, please place all linens in the Jacuzzi or shower. Gather all garbage and place in outside receptacles. All used dishes and kitchenware should be cleaned and put away. Any furniture moved during your stay must be returned to its original location. If you disconnected TV cables to play games, all cables must be properly reconnected. If TV maintenance/repair must be utilized to restore TV cable or satellite connections to working order after your stay, your credit card will be charged for the service call.

Linens - All rentals are equipped with adequate fresh linens for the length of your stay. Daily housekeeping is not available. Should you need more linen, guests should wash the existing supply using the washer and dryer in the unit. For units without washer and dryers, Heartland will supply more linen to accommodate a guest's special requirements. Linens are to be used for bathing only! Housekeeping strives to provide you the cleanest cabin for your stay. If you arrive at your cabin and it is not cleaned to your satisfaction please call our office immediately and we will send housekeeping right out to correct to the problem in a professional manner and efficiently. As a rental company, we cannot take care of any problems if we are not made aware of them. Any problems you may have must be addressed during your stay at the cabin. Any issues at check out or after will not be accepted.

Pets - Some units are pet-friendly, and require a $60.00 non-refundable pet fee. All pets must be 25 pounds or less. Guests staying in our units are financially responsible for any and all damages caused by their pets. All guests must notify and have permission from the office to bring a pet. Any person who does not report a pet as being present in the unit will be charged $150.00. Any person who brings a pet over 25lbs into one of our pet friendly units unless the unit allows larger animals or brings ANY pet into one of Non Pet Friendly Units will be held in breach of their contract and will be asked to leave the rental, with NO REFUND. All pets must be 25 lbs. and under unless unit accepts larger pet. Our pet policy is for dogs only. We do not accept any other pets.

Hot Tubs/Pools/Saunas/Spas - Please remember there are certain health risks associated with improper use of this equipment. When using hot tubs, pools, saunas, and spas, it is the responsibility of the registered guest to inform anyone using these items during their stay of both proper use and potential hazards. DO NOT STAND ON HOT TUB COVERS! Covers are for insulation purposes only, and are not designed to support weight. If broken during your stay, you may be charged for cover replacement. When tub is not in use, hot tub covers should be placed back onto tub unit to maintain warmth. If you have any questions regarding hot tub operation, please call during office hours for assistance. Please do not put shampoos, soaps, oils or bubble bath in the hot tub as it can mix with the hot tub chemicals and cause a rash. . Please do not take food, drinks, alcoholic beverages or glass products in or around the hot tub. There will be no refunds for malfunctioning hot tubs. All seasonal swimming pools are maintained by the cabins and chalet homeowners association. Housekeeping drains, sanitizes, refills, and replenishes chemicals in all hot tubs prior to each reservation arrival. Heartland Rentals is not responsible for community swimming pool hours and schedules.

Insects - All units are sprayed monthly by a professional pest control company. However, wasps, ladybugs, and other insects sometimes still impact rental units. Our Great Smoky Mountains location is home to many species. If there are any questions regarding insects, please call during office hours for assistance.

Maintenance - In the rare instance you find something in the rental unit not working properly, please notify our office within 24 hours upon arrival of the unit. We ask this so that any problems can be handled in a prompt manner. We do everything possible to maintain all equipment is in good working order. If something is not functioning, we will do our best to repair it for your stay. Upon arrival, you will receive an after hours emergency number. If you report something that is a true emergency after hours, then you will be contacted back as soon as possible. If the issue is not a true emergency, then you will be called back the following day during normal business hours to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Any concerns about your rental need to be handled during the rental of your unit and not at check out or after departure or they will not be accepted.

Fireplaces - Most of our units have either gas-burning or wood-burning fireplaces. All fireplaces are for seasonal use from October 1 through March 31. No foreign materials are to be burned in gas fireplaces. You may be charged for any resulting damages from such activity. Heartland Rentals does not supply firewood for the cabins.

Telephone Service and Internet - All cabins have a telephone in them. Some are 911 calls only (as most have cellular phones). All other phone services are local calls only. All local calls are free. You must use a calling card or 1-800-COLLECT to make long distance calls. Some cabins have WiFi or high speed internet. Please check your cabin amenities to see if your cabin has internet available.

Lost and Found - Heartland Rentals is not responsible for personal property left after your departure. If you find you have left something, please call the office and we will try to locate the item and provide you with the number to the shipping company that will mail the items back to you.

Television, Stereo and CD/DVD Players - All of our units are privately owned. Homeowners independently select the level of TV service, (satellite, cable, or antenna). Premium channels are typically not available in most areas because of terrain. If your unit has cable, local network channels are available. Satellite service typically does not provide local network channels. Most of our units have satellite due to unavailability of cable service in remote mountainous locations. Heartland Rentals is not responsible for TV reception or operation. Not all units have CD/DVD players or stereos. Please review the amenities listing for each unit regarding these items.

Refunds - No refunds will be given due to malfunctions in equipment (I.e. hot tubs, saunas, Jacuzzi, televisions, DVD players, utilities, satellite signal, cable service, well water, appliances, heating and air or fireplaces.) Each Unit is inspected prior to your arrival. Equipment malfunctions can happen at any time and if this occurs Heartland Rentals will do everything possible to have the problem taken care of.
No refunds will be given due to inclement weather, road conditions, cabin location or early departure for any reason. Winter months REQUIRE chains and/or four wheel drive vehicles during the winter (November-April). During snowy and icy conditions cabins maybe impossible to get to. Please consider adding Redsky Trip Insurance to your reservation for your convenience in the event you have to cancel.

Weather - Weather can change quickly in the Great Smoky Mountains. Please plan your trip accordingly. Chains and/or four wheel drive vehicles are required during the winter months (November through March). No refunds will be given due to inclement weather, road conditions, cabin location or early departure for any reason. Winter months REQUIRE chains and/or four wheel drive vehicles during the winter (November-April). During snowy and icy conditions cabins maybe impossible to get to. Please consider adding Redsky Trip Insurance to your reservation for your convenience in the event you have to cancel.
Mountainous roads vary from street to street and can be tough at times. We cannot offer a guarantee any of the road conditions. The majority of the roads are well maintained. However, some of the cabins are located on gravel roads. If there is a heavy rain or snow, it may wash these driveways out and form ruts or bumps. Large vans, motorcycles and trailers may not be able to access all cabins. (Please check with our office staff if you will be driving one of these as to ensure you will be able to reach it) Winter weather affects all the roads in the area. Please come prepared if you arriving during the winter months. Heartland Rentals do not provide transportation to any cabin. Redsky Trip Insurance is highly recommended during winter months. For any reason we have the right to move you from your current accommodations to equal accommodations if for any reason such as maintenance or removal of rental from our program, this can be done without notification to the guest. Heartland Rentals will make every effort possible to ensure all information and descriptions of the rental is accurate and up to date. Heartland Rentals is not responsible for changes in the furnishings or amenities of the cabin by the owner. Prices, Specials, Amenities and Minimum Nights Required are subject to change without notice.

Construction and Traffic - The Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg areas are growing rapidly. It is sometimes necessary to plan for alternate routes to avoid traffic delays. We provide a map that has five different routes to reach the Heartland Rentals office. Construction in the area of your rental is also possible. Construction is not Heartland Rentals responsibility, and will not be considered grounds for refund or relocation. If there are any questions regarding road construction or building construction near your unit, please contact our office during regular business hours.


We hope your stay with Heartland Rentals is most comfortable and enjoyable!