Letting Your Property
Thinking of letting your property?
Letting your holiday cottage can be a profitable exercise. Cottage holidays in the English countryside have been one of the great success stories of the last 30 years, and each year more owners of second homes bring their properties onto the holiday market. Kent and Sussex Holiday Cottages are constantly seeking good quality properties in desirable locations across Kent and Sussex to add to our portfolio. We offer a complete marketing and booking service with flexible contractual arrangements. If you have a property in Kent or Sussex and would like full details, simply contact us by telephone, email, fax or in person and we'll be pleased to provide you with our comprehensive owners' information pack by return.
How many weeks & how much money?
Our Owner Information Pack includes lots of general information about holiday letting, but to discuss your property specifically, we would need to visit the property. We can arrange a no-obligation inspection of your cottage at a mutually convenient time. If you currently let your property, you will probably know all the ins and outs of holiday letting. If this is a new venture for you, there are lots of things you need to think about, many of which can affect the price your property would command.
Your property needs to meet certain criteria - not least, current legislation affecting properties offered for self-catering. Other items to consider - will you allow pets? Smokers? Children? Short breaks? Is there a garden and /or parking? In general, all these things affect the number of bookings you may attract, and the more restrictions you apply, the fewer potential bookings. We have detailed analysis of how the facilities offered and restrictions applied affect bookings.
Give thought to how your property is presented to customers. You are expected to include bed linen, towels, heating and electricity. The price charged throughout the year will reflect this. The main points to consider to maximise bookings are:
- Good location
- A fair price
- A garden
- Accept pets
- Off road parking
- Children welcome
- Smoking policy
- Ratio of bathrooms to occupants
These are some of the many factors that influence our customers when choosing a property. We make an extra charge for pets, so owners will receive an additional £20 for each pet per week, to cover any extra cleaning.
Contact us for more information or to arrange a no-obligation visit.
The acquisition of a holiday home necessitates suitable insurance cover. It is a specific condition of our contract with you that you have in place Public & Property Owner's Liability insurance cover for at least £2 million, for a smaller property, and up to £5 million for larger properties. Your existing insurance policy covering your property and contents could well include this, but it may not extend to apply whilst the property is let. It is important, and a legal requirement, to ensure appropriate cover is in place to protect you and your property. If not, or if you wish to compare cover and prices, you may be interested to know that Boshers in Bideford is a company that provides policies for holiday properties. For more information, please contact Boshers - Holiday Home Insurance Specialists.