Do you only spend a few months a year in your second home? If so you could let it to other people when you’re not there and use the income to fund your own holidays! Henry Adams Holiday Lets takes the hassle out of letting properties in West Sussex and Hampshire and our team of friendly, local people are here when you can’t be to deal with everything from collecting rent to changing the bedding, ready for your next paying guests.
The HA team have been incredibly successful, their professionalism and enthusiasm for the properties, make it so simple for anyone wanting to rent or provide a holiday home. They will always make sure any concerns are dealt with promptly. Many thanks to all of you, for the support and guidance and of course the bookings!
Choosing one's holiday destination can be one of the most important decisions a family will take during a calendar year. For this reason, we make a number of strong recommendations to landlords before they let their home. Often a relatively small investment prior to the home being let, will ensure that a greater income is achieved and also a higher occupancy rate is attained.
It also leads to more repeat bookings, which are always welcome!
No one wants to turn up to a property which they have booked for a two week holiday to find that neither the heating or washing machine work. The décor and quality of fittings are very important. We can advise you on what to include or exclude in order to make sure that your property appeals to as many potential customers as possible, including style of décor and furniture.
Landlords have a legal and moral obligation to ensure that holiday makers and their visitors have a safe environment in which to stay. Safety regulations have been revised over the years and penalties for non-compliance can be very severe. It is important to acknowledge that legislation can change at any time, but at the time of going to press, we are able to outline some of the most important acts.
It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that every twelve months a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer checks that all gas appliances, flues and pipe work are in safe working order. Henry Adams Holiday Lets will ensure that a certificate is always kept on file.
This law stipulates that all furniture and furnishings “supplied in the course of business”, which includes holiday lettings, must satisfy strict standards of fire resistance - they must pass the “match test”. Generally products purchased in the UK after 1989 will usually satisfy the standard, but in the absence of a label or manufacturer’s warranty, the possible non-compliant item must be removed prior to letting. The regulations do not cover furniture made before 1950, or carpets and curtains.
Landlords must ensure that all electrical wiring and appliances are in good, safe working order. We recommend that a qualified electrical engineer should check the appliances and any defects such as fraying wires, damaged plugs or sockets should be repaired immediately and any unsafe items removed.
The building regulations of 1991 state that all properties built after June 1992 must be fitted with smoke detectors and alarms. For properties built before this date we recommend that independently powered units are installed on each floor.
Henry Adams Holiday Lets will only let properties which are clean and well presented. We can arrange for cleaning to be done in between tenancies and we have a team of contractors on standby to ensure that each new holiday maker arrives at a property in the condition they would expect.
The rental income you receive is subject to UK tax and should be declared on your self-assessment return. Certain items can be off-set against the rental income, so it is important to retain copies of your statements and any invoices on expenditure related to the let.
When insuring a holiday home, cottage or apartment it’s essential to choose a specialist policy that offers more than standard household cover. If you hire out your property you’ll need specific cover for this, as well as to protect you against damage caused by guests or pets. You’ll also want cover for loss of rental income and discounts to keep your premium low.
Leisuredays is a family-run business, open 7 days a week, and provides a specialist policy for holiday homes, with the reassurance of cover backed by leading UK Insurer RSA – Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc. Working with Henry Adams Holiday Lets, Leisuredays is keen to provide competitive rates for holiday property owners.
If you own more than one holiday home, Leisuredays can cover up to four properties under one policy, they even provide extra discounts for each property you insure, so the more holiday lets you own, the more you could save on your insurance!
Plus there’s security discounts for properties fitted with an alarm system (which must be maintained annually).
More complex property portfolios can be referred to their partner company Wilby Ltd, who are Chartered Insurance Brokers.
If your holiday property insurance cover is due for renewal call Leisuredays on 0800 433 4989 for a competitive quote, mentioning “Henry Adams Holiday Lets”.
Or if you’re not yet due for renewal then simply email your renewal date to firstname.lastname@example.org and Leisuredays will then contact you nearer the time to provide you with a competitive quote.
For more information visit http://www.leisuredays.co.uk/holiday-home-insurance/
Henry Adams is an introducer to Caravan Guard Limited. Leisuredays is a trading name of Caravan Guard Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Benefits and discounts are subject to terms and conditions, cover level and underwriting criteria.