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You certainly need some sort of agreement.
What happens if the renter cancels - do they get any or all of their money back?
What happens if they damage the property?
What happens if they leave it in a mess before they go?
What happens if they want to leave early?
So yes, you should get a contract drawn up - it would set out both parties rights and responsibilities
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
I don't want to create a tenancy, do I need anything legal to cover this?
Its not a tenancy, but you still need an agreement to cover the points above.
Otherwise you leave yourself wide open for abuse.
Is that because it is a self catered ,furnished cottage?
Even if it was not you would still need an agreement.
In effect its a short let
These are quite common - but even so you should have an agreement.
Because if someone damages it, what would you do? There is no agreement saying they are liable?
If someone books then cancels the night before, what would you do if no agreement?
Does this help?
Even if it is contained within the terms and conditions if you have a website, that will be enough
can I just write my own agreement?
Yes you can.
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