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Ihave a self catering cottage, fully furnished, do I need a

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Ihave a self catering cottage, fully furnished, do I need a legal agreement? The cost to the renter includes the cost of all services
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 3 years ago.

Alex Watts :

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Alex Watts :

You certainly need some sort of agreement.

Alex Watts :

What happens if the renter cancels - do they get any or all of their money back?

Alex Watts :

What happens if they damage the property?

Alex Watts :

What happens if they leave it in a mess before they go?

Alex Watts :

What happens if they want to leave early?

Alex Watts :

So yes, you should get a contract drawn up - it would set out both parties rights and responsibilities

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Customer:

I don't want to create a tenancy, do I need anything legal to cover this?

Alex Watts :

Its not a tenancy, but you still need an agreement to cover the points above.

Alex Watts :

Otherwise you leave yourself wide open for abuse.

Customer:

Is that because it is a self catered ,furnished cottage?

Alex Watts :

Even if it was not you would still need an agreement.

Alex Watts :

In effect its a short let

Alex Watts :

These are quite common - but even so you should have an agreement.

Alex Watts :

Because if someone damages it, what would you do? There is no agreement saying they are liable?

Alex Watts :

If someone books then cancels the night before, what would you do if no agreement?

Alex Watts :

Does this help?

Alex Watts :

Even if it is contained within the terms and conditions if you have a website, that will be enough

Customer:

can I just write my own agreement?

Alex Watts :

Yes you can.

Customer:

Thank you

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