Liability and insurances

Should I take out a (supplementary) insurance policy in case of damage to goods or persons?

Friends may have an accident while staying at a guest address. They might unintentionally damage something at the guest address or drop and break something. Conversely, it is possible that a Friend has an accident at a guest address, for instance because of an unstable handrail on the stairs. Who will pay for the damage in such cases?

Vrienden op de Fiets does not accept any liability for the damage suffered. Damage issues must be settled between Friend and guest address. A private liability insurance and/or a good travel insurance may cover the costs. Since every insurance policy has different provisions, you should check your policies before you register as a guest address or become a Friend.

In general, the following applies:

A Friend suffers damage at a guest address
Something in the host's house may cause a Friend to have an accident or it may cause damage to his/her things. The damage is usually covered by the liability insurance, unless the guest room is not part of the house or if the host does not actually reside there.

A guest address suffers damage because of a Friend
Since Friends pay a (small) contribution for an overnight stay, a private liability insurance will usually not recompense the costs if they cause damage at a guest address. An exception to this is damage caused by a fire one could be held liable for. Another possibility is to check whether the travel insurance will cover the costs of damage caused to the guest address. We recommend Friends taking out a good (annual multi-trip) travel insurance policy.The maximum amount of the damages depends on the insurance chosen, but it is better not to count on more than a few hundred euros.


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Dear Friends and guest addresses,

Behind the scenes we are working on a new IT system. It will go live at the end of this month. Therefore, the website will be closed from Wednesday March 24 to Tuesday March 31. From April 1st you are more than welcome and almost all services will be available again. In the meantime, we would like to refer you to the booklet and of course the helpdesk is available for questions.

After April 1, there are a few perks that you will probably have to wait for. For example, the notice board (‘Prikbord’) for finding a cycling or walking buddy is not immediately back. The gift membership that you may want to give to a good friend is also temporarily unavailable. We try to fix this as soon as possible.

Warning: please save your favorite guest addresses and the information and contacts of the Prikbord’. We are doing our best, but we may not be able to put this information back on the site. If all goes well, you will not notice the new system and you will soon be able to use the service you are used to again.

Thanks for your patience and a warm greeting,

Team Vrienden op de Fiets