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Through an agency such as Sykes Cottages, it has never been easier to let and manage your home as a holiday home, no matter where you are in the country.

With a variety of different homes to offer, close to some of the most beautiful destinations in the UK, it’s no surprise that more and more people are letting their property as a holiday destination. But before you dive into using the first agency on the market, it is important to understand what a holiday management company does for you.

If you’re new to holiday home letting or just want to dip your toes in the water, take a look through our step-by-step process on how to turn your home into a holiday destination.

Step 1: Understand your Mortgage

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Before you start running your holiday let, you need to understand the terms and conditions of your mortgage. Many financial lenders in the UK will not allow you to rent out your home in a short-term holiday style format.

If you need to remortgage your home, in order to let your home out, you should look into the best mortgage advisers for holiday home letting. These companies will provide you with the best offers and advice when turning your home into a holiday home.

Step 2: Tax on your Property

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Did you know that there are a few tax rules that you may need to abide by when letting out your home?

It is not uncommon for certain regions to impose different taxes when letting out a property in their region. Consider these costs when deciding whether letting your home is right for you.

But it’s not all doom and gloom! In the UK, there is a unique tax rule that allows you to claim back tax on your property if the property is fully furnished and let out for a minimum of 105 days of the year.

You can find out more information on council tax in our guide on holiday let business rates and council tax.

Step 3: Meeting Legal Standards

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Taking your first steps into opening up your home as a holiday venture is amazing. However, even though you may be raring to go, you may find that some laws may stop your holiday letting dreams from becoming reality. Be sure to read carefully through the various holiday let rules and regulations to prepare in the right way.

  • You will need to ensure that your property is available to let for at least 210 days a year. That means that you can use your property for yourself for up to 22 weeks.
  • You cannot let your property for a period longer than 31 days. This can affect the terms of your mortgage and your tax status.
  • If you choose to provide a TV for your customers, you will need to acquire a specific license for Hotel and Mobile Televisions.
  • On top of your own national rules on letting out a property, you will also need to check in with your regional council. Depending on where your home is located, you may need to obtain a specific license to let your property in that region.

Step 4: Acquire Good Insurance

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Accidents happen, and when letting out your property, you could face a costly accident or two. With good insurance, you can alleviate the financial burden by having the costs covered.

If you choose to let your property through an agency, some will provide you with an option of 3rd party insurance. For example, Sykes Cottages will recommend using Bollington insurance.

Utilising an insurance company is not a legal requirement, however as with most insurance policies, it is better to be safe than sorry! When calculating the costs of running your holiday let, be sure to consider the costs that insurance will bring.

Step 5: Prepare your Home

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When you feel as though it is time to put your property on the market to let out to customers, take a step back and ask yourself whether your property is ready for guests. Would you stay in your property?

As the owner of the property, you are expected to provide essentials and necessities such as toilet roll, towels and bed linen. Something that a lot of property owners forget is cooking equipment. Very few holiday seekers will even consider bringing their own cooking equipment from home.

Health and Safety – A crucial area to remember when letting out your holiday home is upholding a good level of health and safety. This includes gas safety, electrical safety, fire safety, carbon monoxide detectors and general safety to minimise risks and hazards across your property.

Step 6: Working Out the Costs

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The costs of running a holiday let can put a lot of landlords off from letting their property. Make sure you know the costs before letting out your property.

Resources: As we have already established, you will need to ensure that you provide essentials for your customers before they arrive. But these costs are something that you can include in your total costs for your customer to let.

Non-essential Add-ons: Want to maximise your bookings? You’re going to need to make your property stand out from the rest! To do that, you need to add unique selling points such as WiFi, a Smart TV, hot tub or pizza oven to really entice your guests. Listen to our podcast on how to maximise your holiday let income for more top tips!

Listings: When your home is ready to receive bookings, one of the best ways to start attracting customers is through a listing site such as Sykes Cottages. Every holiday home listing site will require some form of payment which tends to come in the form of commission once a customer has booked your home.

Step 7: Calculate your Earnings

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How much will you really make from letting your home? It’s a very broad question which can summon a number of ambiguous answers.

The true answer is “It depends!”.

As the holiday market and demand to let a holiday property fluctuates, it is almost impossible to pinpoint exactly how much letting your property will make you in capital. However, our holiday income calculator can give you a rough figure on how much you can earn from a holiday let.

As the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end, we will see the travel industry excel like never before as the yearn for a picturesque get away will be on everybody’s priority list.

Is your home ready to take bookings?


Let your property with Sykes and earn up to £125,000 per year*

  • Join over 15,000 holiday properties already working with Sykes Cottages
  • We welcome over 26 million web visitors a year
  • Many of our owners achieve more than 45 bookings a year
  • We specialise in turning your holiday property into a profitable year-round income for you

*Based on a 7 bedroom property in the Lake District with bookings between October 2017 to September 2018.

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