Self-catering letting options
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- You need to consider self-catering letting options if you let a property for holiday purposes.
- Occupiers do not gain any rights to stay on in your property as long as it is actually let for a holiday.
- For out-of-season lettings, you may wish to consider an assured tenancy or an assured shorthold tenancy.
If you let a property for holiday purposes, the law allows you to do this without the occupiers gaining any rights to remain in the property. There is no limit to the length of the holiday let, but it must actually be for a holiday. 'Holiday letting' is defined in the Housing Act 1988 as 'a tenancy the purpose of which is to confer on the tenant the right to occupy the dwelling house for a holiday'.
You are recommended to have a basic agreement with the occupiers (this can be by letter), which includes a statement that you are letting the premises as a holiday let, with the start and end days of the let clearly stated.
- Note: while there is no limit to the length of a holiday let, to comply with the Furnished Holiday Letting Rules (see 'Tax status of accommodation businesses') the letting must not be for longer than 31 continuous days. Also, the Immigration Bill is currently being introduced which could require you to check the immigration status of guests staying for longer than three months to ensure that they are legally entitled to be in the country.
If the occupier doesn't leave at the end of the let, legally you don't have to go to court to recover possession of the property. However, you would still be strongly advised to apply to the Courts for eviction.