Leasing a Holiday Home

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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.  
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