Should You Short-Let?

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The Landlord’s Guide To Short-Term Letting

The rise of the sharing economy, propelled by start ups like Airbnb has meant that homeowners and second homeowners are in an easier position than ever before to enter the short-term rental market.

With the market changing and holiday goers opting for cosier, at-home local options as opposed to hotels, this has meant that this industry has become very lucrative for holiday homeowners looking to generate an increased second income.

But is it worth it? Is it too much hassle? This guide aims to help you make an informed decision as well as show you the effectiveness of maximising your earnings through sites like Airbnb.

Short-term Lets: What Are They And Who Do They Benefit?

Short-term lets have to fall within a certain timeframe in order to be considered a short let. As a general rule, short term tenancies are usually offered to the market for six months or less. Anything over a year is deemed as long-term let.

There are various reasons why you might choose to opt for a short-term let rather than commit to a longer one. Tourism is playing a big role in this sector of the property market.

Visitors staying for a fortnight may feel more comfortable staying in a short let rather than a hotel, plus they will be financially better off because of it. This is what makes Airbnb a no-brainer for many travellers.

So in cities like Coventry, short-term rentals are often the perfect solution.

Is renting your property out on sites like Airbnb a hassle?

We won’t lie to you, short-letting your property out on sites like Airbnb can be a handful and at often times, a full-time job. Whilst they are nice little second earners, they do require a lot of work, dedication and passion for the hospitality industry.

However, just as Airbnb has risen worldwide, so has Airbnb management. In the UK, in tourist hotspots like Coventry, homeowners will be pleased to know that there is help available.

For example, HelloGuest is an Airbnb management company operating in Coventry that takes care of all aspects of short-letting for you. You can expect them to handle your bookings, communicate and take care of your guests as well as ensure your home remains clean, tidy and in perfect condition.

What does this mean for home insurance?

Benefits of short-letting

  • Short-lets make financial sense in several situations
  • They offer a greater degree of flexibility
  • Short-term rentals offer a greater degree of privacy and space
  • Visitors and guests will feel more at home
  • Guests have the opportunity to have their own guests and entertain

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But what do landlords get out of it?

Landlords might want to sell their property, but not right away. Clearly, they have the option to leave their property empty, but that’s not exactly good for business. So, a brilliant solution is offering the property up as a short-let.

Taking on tenants or guests can allow landlords a good opportunity to take stock of how the market is performing, assess their own financial situation and determine the best outcome moving forward.

But it is important to bear in mind for homeowners in London for example that might restrict them from short-letting their property for more than three months a year. Should you be interested in renting out your home for longer than 90 days, you might have to apply for a Material Change of Use from your local authority.

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It is important to know your rights as a landlord, and what will make you a great landlord is by knowing and attending to the rights of your tenants, and providing quick solutions to their problems. 

Maintaining internal structures

If your tenants are without hot water or heating, then it is important to get a qualified plumbing engineer to call-out to the house as soon as convenient to provide plumbing and heating services. When a tenant calls complaining of a problem with an element of the property’s internal workings – electric, plumbing, water, or faulty appliances, it is important to act quickly.

While some issues are minor and not an immediate threat to the health and safety of your tenants, other issues like no running water, heating, or a faulty boiler or appliance should be sorted quickly.

Check for pests

Common domestic pests like rodents, ants, bed bugs, moths etc can do a lot of damage to your home. Not only can they destroy internal structures but fabrications, textiles and much much more. See what pests can do and how much they can cost you here.

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Fixing external issues quickly

If there is an external structural issue, then this can have an impact on the internal structure of the house if not sorted at once.

For quick and efficient roofing repair services, call a roofer to help you. A leak in the roof, for example, can cause leaks and damps in the house and walls, not only posing a threat to the health of your tenants but also affecting the overall value and quality of your property.

Boost your rental income

HMO finance is a great way of allowing you to expand your portfolio and subsequently increase your passive rental income. Read more about interest rates on residential and commercial property here.

The more properties you own and let out to tenants, the more lucrative your residential property business will be! More.

Keeping your costs low, and charging an affordable but profitable rent will allow you to be able to build upon your existing portfolio.

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