Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Tree Hut Village?

Tree Hut Village is the only place in Australia and New Zealand where parents can buy / lend / hire / sell baby items to other families. You can search a large variety of  brands and it's highly likely that the one you were after is available close to you. We love that we reduce waste by enabling parents to try items before buying it and to hire from another family for their holiday experience or for the early months of their new baby. 

 Q: Is there a Tree Hut Village app?

Tree Hut Village is a fully responsive website which means it should fit your screen no  matter what size it is. We recommend saving a shorcut to your desktop or mobile so you have it handy at all times. 

 Q: Do I have to register to borrow and/or lend?

Yes, it is important for us to verify the email address of all Tree Hut Village users at the very least.

 Q: How much does it cost to list an item?

Listing items on Tree Hut Vilage is free! 

 Q: What happens if I cancel a booking?

We know that things come up but to be fair to the lender we have following rules in place:

 ·         If you cancel more than 7 days in advance your booking costs will be refunded.

·         If you cancel a booking between 7 – 3  days in advance you will receive a 50% refund of your booking costs - a 15% cancellation fee will still be deducted from your card

·         If you cancel 24 hours within the start of the booking you will receive NO refund

 Please refer to the Tree Hut Village Cancellation Policy for more details.

 Q: Do members get pre-checked?

Yes, members are verified by Tree Hut Village via email, phone and credit card and via social media accounts. We also randomly select users to supply additional information like Government issued photo identification (e.g. drivers license or a passport). Further, we require additional verification once an owner has made more than $1,000 via Tree Hut Village.

 




Q: How will I find items to borrow? 

Tree Hut Village automatically recognises your current location and shows the items closest to you first (if you have enabled location identification in your browser). You can also enter your preferred location (let’s say your holiday destination) and adjust the search radius.

 

Q: Can I request more than one item?

Yes, to request more than one item simply go to each of the listings you’re interested in and request them for your preferred timeframe.


Q: What if I don’t get a response?

If you don’t receive a response to your request within 24 hours, please contact us. Although some lenders offer automatic approvals, others prefer to manually approve each request. In both cases, you should hear from the lender within 24 hours. You can now also see their average response times next to the listing which gives you an indication of how quickly you can expect a response. 

 

Q: Can I get a discount for long-term rentals?

All rates have been set by the lenders. Check their rate schedule for details.

 

Q: Do I get insurance from Tree Hut Village?

A: Yes! You are covered for public and product liability up to $20 million. The borrower is liable for any damages to the owner's property (pram, stroller etc.) and needs to reimburse the owner should any damage occur. Should you not be able to reconcile the differences, Tree Hut Village will cover for any incidental damages up to $500. Please see the insurance section and our terms and conditions for more detail. 


Q: How do I join?

Simply enter your email address and set a password. We’ll send you a verification email and you can start browsing.


Q: How do I make sure the equipment I’m borrowing is hygienic?

We ask that all lenders provide items pre-cleaned and ready to use. Check out their reviews to make sure you are happy with the lender’s past performance.


Q: How will I get the item?

After the transaction is approved, you can arrange the pickup or drop off with the lender on Tree Hut Village.  Contact details will be provided upon approval. Some lenders will deliver their items (which can be particularly handy if you’re arriving at an airport and require a car seat or pram).

 

Q: What if I break something?

Under our Terms and Conditions you are obliged to return the item to the lender in the condition in which you received it. This means you are liable for any damages / loss. 

 

Q: Who do I call if I have a problem during the rental period?

If you have any issues with the item you have borrowed it is best to get in touch with your lender by messaging them. If the lender cannot resolve the issue, contact us.

 

Q: Do I have to pay a bond?

Most lenders require you to pay a bond for the duration of your rental. Tree Hut Village will hold the bond and return it to you upon expiry of the rental — provided there have been no claims by the lender that the item was returned in poor condition.

 

Q: Do I have to return the item professionally cleaned?

Lenders will specify the condition their items should be returned in. Generally, it's not required to have them professionally cleaned. 

 

Q: How do I know if I can trust the lender?

Everyone in the Tree Hut Village community has undergone our verification process. Tree Hut Village also has a self-regulating rating system where users can vouch for other members. Members who violate our Terms and Conditions are removed from Tree Hut Village.

 

Q: What if the lender doesn’t show up?

The lender will be required to reimburse the borrower according to our policy. Lenders are also likely to receive negative ratings. If a lender misses 3 drop offs or pick ups, they may be removed from Tree Hut Village. If a lender doesn't show up contact us immediately to discuss the issue. 

 

Q: When will I be charged?

When approved, Tree Hut Village will hold the booking fee. The amount will appear as “pending” on your online statement. Your account/credit card will be charged when the lender approves your booking. This allows Tree Hut Village to return the fee if the booking gets cancelled.

 

Q: Can I extend my rental?

Yes, simply go to “My Account” and click on the listing you want to extend. If the item is still available and hasn’t been booked by another member, you can extend the rental. The fee for the extended days will be 20% of the base rate per day. This way it is cheaper for you to extend your booking but the owner also gets some reimbursement for the change in plans. 

Note: often owners are flexible for returning items if you can't make it on one day but it always has to be agreed upfront. If there is a delay of more than 24 hours the owner may report a problem and we try to get in touch with you. If we can't get hold of you we have to extend the booking on your behalf until the item gets returned. You will be charged as per the rates stated above per day. 



Q: How do I list my item?

Register on Tree Hut Village and follow the prompts. Listings should include: a few photos of you using your item (perhaps exclude your little ones if you prefer), the condition of the item, drop off or pick up preferences, features of the items, how you've used it and what you love about. Also include details like whether you are willing to help with installation etc. It's best to write around 250 words for the description as a minimum. 

Please note that you can now get certified to fit child car restraints via the Australian Child Restraint Safety Initiative (ACRI) via Tree Hut Village. Contact us for more detail. 

Q: How do I sell my item?

You can also list an item for sale if you prefer to sell it rather than hire it out. You can either create a sale listing directly and follow similar the steps on the from or you can switch a hire listing to sale listing by going to "my account" > "listings" > "edit listing" and choose the selling option from the menu. You then simply switch the button to "sale" and your listing will convert to a sale listing and won't be available for hire any longer. You can also switch it back if you prefer. 

Q: How does selling my item work? 

Once you have your sale listing up and running everyone can purchase the item from you. Users can ask a question before buying it. If somebody buys it, you will get notified via email. The buyer gets charged immediately. The payment is only released once the buyer confirms the item as received and as described (or 7 days after the purchase date).  

 

Q: How do I know that I can trust the borrower?

Everyone in the Tree Hut Village community has undergone our verification process. Tree Hut Village also has a self-regulating rating system where users can vouch for other members. Members who violate our Terms and Conditions are removed from Tree Hut Village.

 

Q: Can I list multiple items?

Yes, you can list as many items as you like, although we require that each item is listed separately.

 

Q: Does it cost me anything to list items?

No, listing items is free.

 

Q: What if I can only rent out items on certain days?

In your settings make sure to tick “I want to approve every booking” – this way you have full control if you are going to accept the booking or not. You can also make a listing “private” and your listing won't show up in searches. This is recommended if your item won’t be available for a prolonged period of time.

To provide you with even greater control you can also set date ranges when the item is unavailable. To do this go to "my account" > "listing" and then edit the listing, scroll down and find the section where you can enter dates to mark your item as "red" on your availability calendar. You can put a note in there for yourself why you've marked it red for example "holiday".  

Q: What if my item is stolen?

Each borrower accepts our Terms and Conditions before making a reservation and is therefore liable for any theft or damage that occurs during the rental.

 

Q: How do I manage my listings and bookings?

Go to My Account to edit listings and bookings, and for an overview of your account.

 

Q: Can I amend the automatically calculated rates?

Yes, you simply to My Account go to "listings" and scroll down to the "rates" section. You can edit each suggested price point for all time brackets in accordance with your expectations. Just save your changes and they will be applied immediately. Please remember that the "extend your booking" rates are based on your base rate (20% of the base rate per day). Existing, approved bookings won't be affected by the changes to your rate schedule. 

 

Q: What’s the best way to set rates?

Your rates depend on how competitive your want your listing to be. For example, if you would like to attract longer term hires you might want to set a lower rate for long term hires and a higher one for shorter periods. Always make sure to set rates that work for you. You can now also set a price for pick-up and drop-offs in addition to your rental rates. This includes both pick-up and drop-offs this means a fee of $20 for example would have to cover both trips. 

We recommend setting  a base price of around 5-10% of the purchase price. 

 

Q: Can I give discounts for long-term rentals?

Set your rental price in accordance with the date ranges and what you’re happy to receive. If you get asked to discount your rate, you can change the rate in "my account" > "listings" > "edit listing"  - don't forget to change it back once you've approved the booking. 

 

Q: Can I accept cash from a renter?

No. For the security and accountability of all parties, we require that all payments be made via Tree Hut Village. You WON'T be covered by our insurance policy if your payments are made outside of Tree Hut Village. 

 

Q: Can I list my item with multiple addresses?

Yes, many of our users create a listing at their home, work and even holiday home address. Generally, items listed in areas that are convenient for borrowers get more booking requests. For example, listings in major cities or holiday destinations are often the first choice for parents looking to hire items.

 

Q: What happens if the borrower doesn’t pay?

Fees are pre-approved when an item gets requested. The borrower gets charged when you approve the booking.  Tree Hut Village will transfer the payment into your account minus the Tree Hut Village administration fee when the borrower has received the item and confirms that he is happy that the item is as described in the listing. No booking can be requested without having provided credit card details. 

 

Q: When does the administration fee get deducted?

Tree Hut Village deducts a 15% administration fee from your payment before transferring it to you after the borrower has approved the condition of the item when the hire period commences (it will start automatically after 48 hours if the borrower forgets to start the booking). 

 

Q: How can I get more bookings?

Have a look at our tips page. Free delivery is highly recommended - also share your listing on social media! 


Q: Is there anything I shouldn't list on Tree Hut Village? 

We only allow items on the website that comply with ANZ standards and are less than 6 years old. In addition, we will remove any listings for Jolly Jumpers, Baby Walkers and breastpump that are not medical grade as these items are considered unsafe.

Please also don't list generic brands strollers or copies of popular brands on this site as we don't know if they comply with Australian standards  

We go through listings regularly and remove anything that doesn't meet these conditions.