Holiday Letting Agents In Norfolk

Norfolk Holiday Lets

Norfolk holiday letting agent service at sensible cost.

Norfolk Stay  are a local and  experienced holiday home management company based in North Norfolk with a 15 year track record. Our company has now  expanded to include a holiday letting booking service utilising the top holiday let portals such as TripAdvisor etc, this allows Norfolk Stay  to compete very convincingly against the national companies so bringing holiday cottage owners in North Norfolk an excellent service but at a reasonable commission rate. We are now taking on new properties so contact us for a brochure

 

Holiday let advertising & protected booking service only - 7%  plus vat  

 

We give you more major portal advertising than any of our competitors.

Norfolk Stay are an experienced advertising and booking agent for  holiday let  property. Your holiday let will be advertised selectively on major letting websites. We 'Channel Manage'  these different websites and process bookings and payments on your behalf and update the booking calendar systems. 

                                             

There is a real skill required to book and to manage holiday let property. We take and manage bookings, and deal with all administration. We arrange change over cleaning and laundry or landlords opt to do the cleaning themselves. Credibility and trust is an important part of a guest's decision to book their stay at your property, and they need to know they can make payments safely and that there are back up services during their stay. 

Email us for a prospectus

 

 

Local Property Manager Service - 8% +vat 

Many agents leave their clients to sort out their own cleaning and laundry services, but we do this all for you. We organise our trusted contractors to carrying out cleaning , laundry and housekeeping at our managed holiday homes and keep standards high for our holiday guests. 

We make sure your holiday let is fully compliant with safety legislation.

We are here to handle any  enquiries or requests received from your guests during their stay at your property.

We organise  any repair issues requested by you.

Our experienced office handles all the administration generated and issue monthly statements of account along with payments to you.  Our fully staffed property team deal with any enquiries during office hours. Guests are also given an out of hours contact number in case of emergencies.

We hold Client Money Protection Insurance, is your current management company a registered ' Safe Agent ' ?

 email us for a quote 

  

email us for a quote to manage your holiday let 

 

Start receiving excellent services at reasonable cost:

We are here to assist holiday cottage owners with all aspects of their holiday let.

We have an excellent local knowledge, and can offer advice and assistance to potential guests wanting to know more about the locality.

Landlord Direct have the perfect availability, booking and payment service designed to dramatically reduce the cost of letting your holiday home / short stay serviced property:

 

Step 1

Availability booking webpage for your property:

We create a webpage on our Norfolk website for your holiday let, we personalise this as much as possible to reflect the attractiveness of your property. 

Your webpage will also display a ' master availability calendar '  let us know any dates you have booked for your own use and we will book off these dates as unavailable.

    >>  see example

 

Included on your webpage will be a Holiday Let Calendar that shows the prices and availability for your bookings.

Email or telephone enquiries link through to our Lettings Office, and our staff handle these booking enquiries on your behalf.

We stick to your letting criteria, your do’s and don’ts…… We have a full consultation with you, we list the services you include with your cottage on your booking page, and also the ones you prohibit, so our booking staff can refer to your booking criteria at all times.

 

 

Step 2      

Advertising your holiday let

We advertise extensively to make sure your holiday let achieves a high occupancy rate.

                                                    

                                      

Step 3   

Process your bookings        

We take all booking enquiries, talking to potential guests to point out the benefits of your property and to ascertain the full details of those wishing to book.

Step 4 

Process & make payments to you        

We take advance booking fees, balances due 6 week prior to the booking start dates, and breakage deposits if stipulated We take payments by Visa or other Debit Cards or by bank transfer.

 

We arrange payments due to you monthly along with a statement of account. We are a registered 'Safe Agent' all client monies held are protected by client money protection insurance.

              Safe Agent

Step 5 

Full management option 

We oversee all cleaning, laundry and housekeeping duties, and manage you property from day to day. email us for a quote 

 

 

 

Please send us some pictures of your holiday cottage by using our image uploader 

Our image upload will automatically resize your photos and then email them to us.

 

For further information please contact Landlord Direct 

Tel: 0845 602 2505 please ask to speak to our director Mark Hutchings.

 

Holiday Let Safety;

 

Need An Energy Performance Certificate - Legal Requirement

All holiday cottages must now have an EPC Energy Performance Certificate, they typically cost around £60 and last for 10 years.

See National database, Norfolk EPC Inspectors

Need Smoke Alarms or Carbon Monoxide Alarms Fitting - Legal Requirement

All let property must now have a smoke / heat detector fitted to each floor, so if 2 Storey you need one alarm on the ground floor and also the first floor landing. If you have a solid fuel burner or fire you must have a Carbon Monoxide detector fitted at your holiday let. Get these alarms checked at least annually and change the batteries.

Landlord Gas Safety Certificates - Legal Requirement

Whether Calor or Mains gas, it is a legal requirement for holiday cottage owners to obtain a 'Landlord Gas Safety Certificate' carried out by a Gas Safe engineer annually.

Calor Gas Suppliers 

For Calor Gas ref-fills or to set up new storage tanks or the supply of Calor cookers 

Electrical Certification & PAT Testing

We would recommend that you obtain a 5 year periodic electrical certificate for your holiday let, and arrange for all portable electrical items PAT tested annual. 

Open Fires & Log Burners

Make sure all flues and chimneys are swept at least annually and keep the receipt or certificate. Visually check the condition of log burner flue seals and arrange for repairs of you feel they may need resealing. An air vent in an external wall in the same room as the log burner should be in place, and a carbon monoxide alarm as mentioned above. If you intend letting your property to families we would suggest that you supply a fire guard to open fires and log burners.

Fire Risk Assessment

Landlord Direct will write a fire risk assessment for our  holiday let managed clients if it is a standard holiday cottage this should be a straight forward matter. mark@landlorddirect.com

Fire Blanket

We recommend that a fire blanket be fixed to the kitchen wall in a position between the cooker and internal entrance door.

Holiday Let Insurance

Holiday let property must have a specialist insurance policy in place, general buy to let insurance is unlikely to cover the holiday let 'short stay' use. There are therefore specialist insurance brokers out there who are set up to secure you the correct insurance policy on good terms. Apart from insuring the actual fabric of the building, these policies protect cottage owners against Public Liability claims, absolutely essential when you have paying guests staying.

Authority From Lender

You may already have purchased your property on a Buy to Let mortgage, however if you have a lender for the property , please check with them that you are able to let out the property as a Furnished Holiday Let as this could affect your insurance policy.

 

 

Immigration (Hotel Records) Order 1972 - Keep Records Of Your Bookings

The Immigration Order places a legal duty on all owners or the managers of all serviced and self-catering accommodation to keep a record of the name of all guests over the age of 16 years old and to take a note of their on-going destination usually their home address, for at least 12 months. The Landlord Direct booking service is designed to capture this needed information and we keep appropriate records.

The Equality Act 2010 

Although some holiday cottage owners do not allow pets, under the Equality Act all holiday cottage owners cannot refuse a booking from a registered blind person accompanied by their guide dogs. Further the act states owners should do anything that is practically reasonable to assist a disabled guest.

Bunk Beds Regulations

prohibit the supply of bunk beds which could cause a child to be injured or killed, as a result of their becoming wedged or trapped. A bunk bed must not have any: • gap in the bed base greater than 75mm (approx. 3”) • gap elsewhere which is less than 60mm (approx. 2.5”) or more than 75mm Any gap permitting access to the raised bunk should only be in the safety barrier on one of the long sides of the bed, and be of a minimum width of 300mm (12”). Note: The safety of mattresses is discussed separately in the section on upholstered furniture. By means of simple measurement, you should be able to make sure whether a bunk bed satisfies the ‘gap’ requirements detailed above. If you are in any doubt about a particular gap size, you should contact your local Trading Standards Service to arrange for more accurate measurements to be made with a special probe. The general safety of bunk beds can be simply tested by checking for such things as stability, rigidity, sharp edges etc. Some bunk beds may also be marked with a British Standard number. This is currently BS EN 747

Furniture Regulations

Most holiday cottage owners will by new furniture and soft furnishings which will have to meet up to date regulations, however older furniture should always be checked.

make sure all your furniture and furnishings meet the regulations. They must carry an appropriate permanent label at point of sale.

What do the Regulations Say?

As from 1st January 1997 all furniture in tenanted residential property must comply with the 1993 amendments to the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 which extends the scope of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (CPA). This covers the supplying (hiring or lending) of specified goods (upholstered furniture and certain furnishings) “in the course of business”.

A landlord letting her own home over an extended period, perhaps to different tenants, would be deemed to be “letting in the course of business” and would need to comply. We would therefore strongly recommend that anyone, regardless of whether they see themselves as running a business or not, should make absolutely sure they are complying with these regulations.

Prescribed Items

The regulations apply to:

Excluded Items

Compliance

Furniture which complies carries a manufacturer’s label which must be permanent and non-detachable.

All upholstered items must have fire resistant filling material.

All upholstered items must pass the “match resistance test” as prescribed.

All upholstered items must also past the “cigarette test” as prescribed.

Bed bases and mattresses are not required to bear a permanent label but compliance will be indicated if the item has a label stating that it meets BS7177

 

Legionella Checks

“someone who rents out a building or accommodation” including holiday cottage owners have a responsibility to prevent and risk control exposure to Legionella.

The best solution is to pay a specialist contractor to carry out a Risk Assessment. If it reports a low risk it is unlikely you will need to re-assess annually perhaps every 5 years or of there is a material change

Window Blind Cords

Window blind cords need to be fixed high enough off the ground to prevent young children being at risk, this is a legal requirement for all rental property  some blinds are fitted with a easily detachable catch .

Safe Use Of Cleaning Substances 

Always store cleaning products and chemicals in a place that cannot be reached by children. Do not store cleaning products in base kitchen units or low level cupboards. Ideally let your cleaners bring their own cleaning products , and do not store any products in your holiday let, apart from washing up liquid and bathroom soaps.

V.A.T.

Most holiday cottage owners, will not derive a turnover of more than  £ 82,000 per year , and so will not have to charge V.A.T.

 

 

 

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