Are you considering letting your holiday home on one of the Towyn caravan sites during the summer season? If so, this article will give you some practical advice on what you need to be conscious of. The sub-letting of your caravan can be a good way for you to recoup some of the expense of maintaining it, and if done properly will at least cover the cost of your own holidays.
If you have owned a static caravan at Golden Gate Holiday Centre for some time, are you aware than you can rent it out at times when it’s not occupied by you and your family?
Are there any fees or restrictions?
When you first purchased your holiday home, you will have been given a contract which will stipulate the terms and conditions for renting out on the holiday park. Some Towyn caravan sites have rules regarding the age of the caravan and may have restrictions in place. There may also be administration and letting fees if your park, or its designated letting agent, organize the rental on your behalf.
At the end of every holiday, the site will possibly arrange for your mobile home to be checked and cleaned ready for the next tenant, usually by their own cleaners, and this again will be charged for separately. A fee of around £20 or more plus VAT is not an uncommon charge for each clean. Of course, you could arrange this cleaning yourself, but remember to budget in costs for your time and travel to and from your home to the Caravan site. A check for any damage caused by your rental tenants should be carried out against the static caravan inventory. Most tenants will not report any breakage but if problems are found they can either be billed or money for replacement items taken from their deposit.
How to advertise your rental
The advantage of letting your holiday home through a park’s letting agents is that you may not necessarily have to personally advertise your caravan, as they will promote it for you. You can, of course, still, choose to maximise your rental potential by advertising on eBay or creating a Facebook page for your holiday home, showing photographs of inside and outside views.
You can also register it with a busy caravan rental portal such as Rent My Caravan, which provides you with your own webpage. You will be able to upload details and photographs to the page. You have access to a reservations calendar, allowing you to easily keep track of all your bookings. Potential renters will contact you directly.
When will your static caravan be available to renters?
When will you let out your holiday home? Will you rent it out for the whole summer, or just for weeks when you and your family do not wish to use it? On a family–orientated Towyn Caravan sites such as Golden Gate, school holidays will probably be the most popular to renters and in peak demand.
Remember that there are some legal obligations you need to adhere to before you can let your static caravan to paying guests. You will need to provide a Portable Appliance Test- PAT certificate for all electric items and a Landlord’s Gas Safety Record will need to be on display in your static caravan. In addition, for your own safety too, you will need a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher and a working smoke alarm.
You will have to alert your insurers to the fact that you are letting your holiday home, to ensure that your policy is valid, no matter the eventuality.
If you use letting agents or the operators of Towyn Caravan sites you’ll need to Inform them of the dates when you won’t be using your caravan since they may have had enquiries from prospective renters waiting for specific dates. If your caravan is at Golden Gate Holiday Centre, our authorised letting agents are EasyLet. You can contact them on 01745 833048 and they’ll be happy to assist you with any queries you may have regarding letting your holiday home on Golden Gate or any of the Towyn caravan sites.