As we approach the New Year and start thinking about static caravan rentals, it’s worth reviewing our strategy.
Most guests are great but there’s occasionally the odd one or two that can cause numerous problems unless we adopt measures to avoid them. Seasoned owners who have rented out their caravan regularly will have got over all the hurdles, but if you’re new to rentals here is some advice:
The advertising of your holiday home should always contain information about the maximum number of people allowed in it. There have been cases where a reservation taken for 8 people has culminated in 12 people arriving and using the caravan unbeknown to the owner. Not only will you be in breach of the Holiday Park’s terms and conditions but you will render you insurance invalid.
Make sure guest understand that should more people turn up than have booked, they will lose their deposit and their reservation will be cancelled.
Normally the following manufacturers’ guidelines apply to static caravan accommodation:
- 2 bedroom – sleeps 6
- 3 bedroom – sleeps 8
- 4 bedroom – sleeps 10
This applies only if there is the facility to sleep people in the lounge and includes babies.
Holiday Letting Agents and Park Rentals
If you use a letting agent or choose to allow the holiday park to manage your rentals ensure they take a deposit for damages. If you rent privately through a caravan portal such as Rent My Caravan, you will take your own deposit.
Many agents and parks don’t take a deposit and this means that you could end up with damage or even theft from the holiday home. Whilst it will be the agent’s or park’s responsibility it is a real inconvenience which could decrease your rentals. The time taken in potential redecorating, repairs and replacing stolen items could have a real impact on our rental income.
Even seasoned owners can sometimes make mistakes, especially when it comes to family friends. Take a deposit no matter who you are renting to. The deposit is refundable at the end of the holiday should no damages occur so no one will mind paying it.
Even if your usual guests leave the caravan clean and tidy after they leave, never rely on it. Budget for cleaning on every change over and check for damages. If you can’t do it yourself you can make an arrangement with the Holiday Park staff or someone local to do it for you.
Preventing bad static caravan rentals
Prevention tactics don’t always work but by making guests aware of the terms and conditions of your static caravan rentals, you can avoid most problems.
Included in T & Cs should be clauses covering damages, “mess” and theft clauses. It should be made clear that only named guests on the reservation form are allowed to occupy your holiday home. Ensure guests know what the consequences of breaching these clauses are specifically in relation to losing their deposit.
Suitable T & C documents can be found to download online for a small fee or you can ask your holiday park if they have a template. You can add clauses to them to cover your own requirements if you wish.
Static caravan rentals advice
Thousands of owners throughout the UK rely on static caravan rentals to help cover maintenance costs, site fees etc., during times they are not using their holiday home. Owners at Golden Gate Holiday Centre enjoy success with their private rentals or those made through our authorised letting agents EasyLet. If you would like more advice on how to avoid problems do call in and chat with us or complete our contact form.