Leasing a Holiday Home

I’m looking to rent a holiday home over the Internet. Is ... Prospective holidaymakers must be extremely careful when renting holiday homes and cottages as rental listings promot...
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Leasing a Holiday Home

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I’m looking to rent a holiday home over the Internet. Is there anything I should look out for?

Prospective holidaymakers must be extremely careful when renting holiday homes and cottages as rental listings promoted on the Internet are a popular target for scammers.  

Unfortunately some scammers go to extraordinary lengths to demonstrate their genuine interest in the property, posing as owners or real estate agents. Many scam property addresses and photographs are actually genuine and have been copied from legitimate agents’ websites, then offered at unrealistically low prices.
 
Here’s some tips to help you avoid being scammed:       
  • Tell-tale signs of a scam advertisement include incorrect spelling, grammatical errors or pixilated photographs
  • Insist on inspecting inside the holiday home, not just on the outside
  • If you live overseas, ask someone you trust to make local enquiries
  • Don’t rely on referrals provided from anyone recommending the holiday home unless you know the person personally
  • Avoid paying any funds via a money transfer transaction
  • If the holiday home owner or agent lives overseas or interstate from the property this is a warning sign that it is a scam, ask for local telephone numbers and addresses and have these verified
  • Conduct an internet search and reviews on the name of the owner or agent offering the holiday home
  • Keep all written correspondence about the holiday home including banking details and a copy of the listing itself
  • Watch out for conspicuously less expensive holiday home rentals. They are probably a scam.
  • Never send money in order to be posted keys to a property

I plan to rent a holiday home over the school holidays. Should I rent through a real estate agent?

Owners are at liberty to rent out their holiday homes themselves. However, if they use an agent or broker to carry out this task, then those operating for the landlord must be licensed real estate agent by law. By renting a holiday home through a genuine licensed agent, your interests and personal details are protected. 
 
Whether renting holiday homes or cottages directly from the property owner or through a licensed agent, it is advisable to investigate websites offering reviews on the property, the owner or the agent to ensure the transaction is legitimate and the property is to an acceptable standard. 
 
Make sure to inspect the property beforehand and ask as many questions as possible before signing any holiday home rental agreement.  Ask for everything important including receipts to be put in writing and don’t pay any deposit via a money order transaction as holiday letting is a popular target of scammers.  

What services can I expect when renting a holiday home?

Every property and the services provided will differ from property to property.  It is therefore important, before signing any written agreement, to contact the holiday home owner or agent in writing about anything you are unsure of, for example:
  • Does the owner have the right to enter the property while you are living there? If so under what circumstances?
  • Is the holiday home accommodation rated in accordance with any accommodation classification system?
  • Is the holiday home accommodation serviced and if so, how often and when?
  • Will the electricity be on when you arrive at the property? Is it included in the rental price?
  • Is there anything in the property that cannot be used or are there any facilities that are shared?
  • Is the holiday home accommodation fully furnished including cutlery, bedding and all Manchester?
  • How close is the premise to points of interest and transport?
  • If there are any disputes, how will these be settled?  Does any formal dispute resolution system exist?
  • Will there be manuals and instructions for using appliances available in the property when I arrive?
  • Will there be ingoing Condition and Inventory reports be available to cross-reference before I move into the property?
  •  Who do you call in the event of a problem or an emergency relating to the property?

Is there anything else to consider once I’ve secured a holiday home booking?

When paying the rent and/or security deposit to secure the holiday home, ensure that you receive a detailed receipt for the amount of monies paid and what the payment is for. 
 
A real estate agent is required by law to give you a trust account receipt for any monies paid.  Ask the agent or the landlord how and when your security deposit will be refunded to you. 
 
Before moving into the holiday home, you should conduct an inspection of the property.  In some cases the inspection will be carried out in the presence of the owner or agent.  During the inspection you should note down any existing damage, what is contained within the property and any missing or faulty appliances. 
 
It is important to write your comments down and highlight the matter with the owner or agent prior to the commencement of your tenancy in order to protect your interest in the leasing of the property.  This will help you avoid any disputes when you complete your stay. 
 
Remember, you will be responsible for any damage to the property or its equipment, fixtures and fittings if it is caused through your negligence.  You are not responsible for damage to items that are regarded as ‘fair wear and tear’.

Can I take my pet on holidays with me?

Some holiday rental accommodation is ‘Pet Friendly’ but make sure you ask the real estate agent first. Most Pet Friendly holiday lettings will ask you to bring your pet’s own bedding and some may require you to keep your pet outside. Just check with your agent so there are no surprises.

I’m looking to rent a holiday home on the beach. What should I consider?

Summer holiday homes are often in high demand, driving up rental prices. Holiday homes are often booked 1 year in advance and so here are some tips for securing your seaside holiday rental accommodation:
    
  • Ask the owner or agent how far holiday homes on the beach and holiday homes by the beach are actually from the sand and sea. Families with young children often prefer holiday homes on the beach to avoid car rides to the beach.
  • How far is the holiday home near the beach actually from the beach so you can manage your expectations and plan for an enjoyable holiday?
  • Will the beach holiday home have air conditioning and if so which rooms in the house?
  • Will the beach holiday home have outside lighting, BBQ and furniture for dining?