Do you only spend a few months a year in your second home? If so you could let it to other people when you’re not there and use the income to fund your own holidays! Henry Adams Holiday Cottages takes the hassle out of letting properties in West Sussex and Hampshire and our team of friendly, local people are here when you can’t be to deal with everything from collecting rent to changing the bedding, ready for your next paying guests.
Your holiday home is a significant asset so you will need to know it is in safe hands. It will be if you place it with Henry Adams Holiday Cottages. Because we’re not a faceless company. We are a close knit team of friendly, local people who you will get to know by name and can trust to look after your property and business affairs.
We know what makes each of the hundreds of properties on our books special. If you let your property through us we will tell you if anything needs doing for legal compliance or to improve its desirability and maximise your chance of regular lettings. This quality control is your assurance that we deal with the best, and this in turn attracts the kind of holidaymakers who share our high expectations and standards.
We offer a fully managed service or a booking only service. In both cases we take responsibility for marketing your property, dealing with enquiries and bookings and collecting the deposits and rent. Under the fully managed service we will also arrange the housekeeping (cleaning, laundry), take care of urgent maintenance work and provide an out-of-hours emergency contact service for guests.
Do you know someone who has a holiday home or second property? With our new landlord referral scheme if you refer a friend you can BOTH get a Fortnum & Mason Hamper worth £100 after the first booking!REFER A FRIEND
Terms & conditions – available on new properties not currently in our holiday let portfolio. Please email us the name of the property & host name you’d like to refer. We must have a written referral in advance of marketing the property to be eligible. The hamper will be posted after the first booking at the new property.
We provide guests with the kind of service you would insist on if you were renting a holiday home yourself. We have all the systems and processes in place to manage financial and contractual matters quickly and well, yet we deal with everyone on an individual basis, by phone, email and in person, so we have a reassuring level of contact with the people who will be staying in your property.
You can rest easy knowing your holiday home is in safe hands (with local and responsible people) and earning you a good return without the hassle that comes with managing the letting yourself, either directly or through Airbnb for example. And when you want to spend time in your holiday home yourself, or offer it to family or friends, just let us know and we’ll book out the time. It’s as easy as that.
The HA team have been incredibly successful, their professionalism and enthusiasm for the properties, make it so simple for anyone wanting to rent or provide a holiday home. They will always make sure any concerns are dealt with promptly. Many thanks to all of you, for the support and guidance and of course the bookings!
Choosing your holiday destination can be one of the most important decisions a family will take during a calendar year. For this reason, we make a number of strong recommendations to landlords before they let their home. Often a relatively small investment prior to the home being let, will ensure that a greater income is achieved and also a higher occupancy rate is attained.
It also leads to more repeat bookings, which are always welcome!
No one wants to turn up to a property which they have booked for a two week holiday to find that neither the heating or washing machine work. The décor and quality of fittings are very important. We can advise you on what to include or exclude in order to make sure that your property appeals to as many potential customers as possible, including style of décor and furniture.
Landlords have a legal and moral obligation to ensure that holiday makers and their visitors have a safe environment in which to stay. Safety regulations have been revised over the years and penalties for non-compliance can be very severe. It is important to acknowledge that legislation can change at any time, but at the time of going to press, we are able to outline some of the most important acts.
It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that every twelve months a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer checks that all gas appliances, flues and pipe work are in safe working order. Henry Adams Holiday Cottages will ensure that a certificate is always kept on file.
This law stipulates that all furniture and furnishings “supplied in the course of business”, which includes holiday lettings, must satisfy strict standards of fire resistance - they must pass the “match test”. Generally products purchased in the UK after 1989 will usually satisfy the standard, but in the absence of a label or manufacturer’s warranty, the possible non-compliant item must be removed prior to letting. The regulations do not cover furniture made before 1950, or carpets and curtains.
Landlords must ensure that all electrical wiring and appliances are in good, safe working order. We recommend that a qualified electrical engineer should check the appliances and any defects such as fraying wires, damaged plugs or sockets should be repaired immediately and any unsafe items removed.
The building regulations of 1991 state that all properties built after June 1992 must be fitted with smoke detectors and alarms. For properties built before this date we recommend that independently powered units are installed on each floor.
CO Alarms are required in any room with an open fire or solid fuel appliance.
Henry Adams Holiday Cottages will only let properties which are clean and well presented. We can arrange for cleaning to be done in between tenancies and we have a team of contractors on standby to ensure that each new holiday maker arrives at a property in the condition they would expect.
The rental income you receive is subject to UK tax and should be declared on your self-assessment return. Certain items can be off-set against the rental income, so it is important to retain copies of your statements and any invoices on expenditure related to the let.
When insuring a holiday home, cottage or apartment it’s essential to choose a specialist policy that offers more than standard household cover. If you hire out your property you’ll need specific cover for this, as well as to protect you against damage caused by guests or pets. You’ll also want cover for loss of rental income and discounts to keep your premium low.
Leisuredays is a family-run business, open 7 days a week, and provides a specialist policy for holiday homes, with the reassurance of cover backed by leading UK Insurer RSA – Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc. Working with Henry Adams Holiday Cottages, Leisuredays is keen to provide competitive rates for holiday property owners.
If you own more than one holiday home, Leisuredays can cover up to four properties under one policy, they even provide extra discounts for each property you insure, so the more holiday lets you own, the more you could save on your insurance!
Plus there’s security discounts for properties fitted with an alarm system (which must be maintained annually).
More complex property portfolios can be referred to their partner company Wilby Ltd, who are Chartered Insurance Brokers.
If your holiday property insurance cover is due for renewal call Leisuredays on 0800 433 4989 for a competitive quote, mentioning “Henry Adams Holiday Cottages”.
Or if you’re not yet due for renewal then simply email your renewal date to firstname.lastname@example.org and Leisuredays will then contact you nearer the time to provide you with a competitive quote.
For more information visit http://www.leisuredays.co.uk/holiday-home-insurance/
Henry Adams is an introducer to Caravan Guard Limited. Leisuredays is a trading name of Caravan Guard Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Benefits and discounts are subject to terms and conditions, cover level and underwriting criteria.