Posted by: rachaelenglish | October 27, 2009

Long lets

Long lets
Why offer long lets at your holiday home?

Maximise your rental income: long lets enable you to fill your holiday home out of season, when shorter bookings may otherwise be thin on the ground.

Minimise your running costs: with only one set of tenants in residence, you won’t need to worry about weekly changeovers and cleaning won’t have to be done as frequently.
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Check the legal ins and outs in your country: find out how a long term let is legally defined in your country and be aware of any rights that long term tenants have. In some countries tenants automatically gain the right to stay in the property once they’ve been there for over a certain amount of time.

For example, In Spain a long term contract is for a minimum of five years, even if the contract states a shorter period. A tenant is legally within their rights to renew the contract once it expires for up to five years.

Don’t forget your community rules: if your property is part of an urbanización or property complex, check that long lets are permitted under the community regulations.

Know your zones: there may be zoning regulations in place that regulate what rental activity is permitted in an area. Some zones prohibit lets of over 30 days to the same person. Zones vary between regions and neighbourhoods within a country.

Zoning is particularly prevalent in the US and is now being increasingly enforced within Croatia.

Find out your legal obligations and rights as a long term landlord: talk to a professional with expertise in property law in your country and ask fellow landlords via online forums.

Posted by: rachaelenglish | October 27, 2009

Hello world!

Most searched for holiday home facilities

If you ask yourself what guests really want from a holiday home, then look no further. We’ve put together a list of the ten most searched for facilities – if your home has any of these amenities, make sure you tick the relevant checkbox in Stage 2 of your Home Management Page.


  1. Pool Private or shared, top of most holidaymakers’ wish list is a swimming pool. Whether the pool is on your complex, or in the back garden ensure you let guests know it’s there. Holidaymakers can also see whether the pool is indoor or outdoor, heated or not – tick the appropriate boxes when setting up your advert.
  2. Air conditioning As much as people love soaking up the sun on holiday, in hotter climates it’s important to be able to escape to cooler temperatures indoors. It’s advisable to factor all costs – such as air conditioning – into your rates and offer guests an upfront price.
  3. Balcony/terrace Somewhere to eat and relax outside is a must for many holidaymakers. Include photos and descriptions so guests can picture themselves dining al fresco, or watching the sun set with a glass of wine in hand. If your balcony has great views, don’t forget to highlight this as well.
  4. Pets allowed Dog owners often like to travel with their faithful friends, so if your holiday home is in an area with plenty of walking opportunities it’s worth considering accepting pets. See our advice page on making your holiday home pet-friendly for more details.
  5. Garden Everybody appreciates a garden, especially guests with children and those bringing their dog with them. If you’ve got a garden at your property, provide some outdoor furniture and make clear whether the space is enclosed and secure, or not.
  6. Barbecue Nothing says summer like a barbecue and plenty of holidaymakers agree. If you’ve got a suitable outdoor space then a barbecue is a great idea. It’s worth providing picnic crockery to avoid breakages if you think people will eat outside a lot.
  7. Cot Parents travelling with babies and toddlers need homes that have been kitted out with youngsters in mind. Cots are a priority, but don’t stop there – have a look at our other suggestions for making your holiday home child-friendly.
  8. Jacuzzi/hot tub Jacuzzi baths and hot tubs are great for ski properties and romantic hideaways, but add a little bit of luxury to any holiday home. Use the text in your advert to clarify whether you have a whirlpool, jet bath or an actual hot tub so to avoid misunderstandings with holidaymakers.
  9. Internet Your guests may be on holiday, but they still want to be able to get online – wireless, Wi-Fi connections are the most popular. If guests are bringing their own laptops be sure to let them know any passwords they’ll need to access the Internet.
  10. Smoking permitted Provide ashtrays inside and on any terraces, balconies or patios to dissuade guests from dropping cigarette butts. Buckets filled with sand are another option. You may also like to restrict smoking to certain areas of the house, or just outside as not all your guests will appreciate a loitering tobacco smell.

The phrase ‘toddler friendly’ is a popular search term on Google, so if you’re geared up for younger visitors be sure to work those words into your advert on a couple of occasions. Don’t forget to have a look at our advice on kitting out your holiday home for babies and toddlers.