Alphabetical CHECK LIST for when you are renting a Holiday
Home in Scotland
We do advise property owners
to update their Availability dates on a regular basis on the
jmlvilas.com self catering holiday homes web site. If
they have not indicated an availability date, please email them
for this information.
2) ACCOMMODATION: Most of our advertisers
provide excellent accommodation details, occasionally they might
have omitted some details, so if you require additional information
contact the owner. In many cases Property owners have their
own web site that shows additional details and if they do have
a site you can access this from the featured property page.
Many advertisers are registered or listed with their country/regionís
Tourist Office and have to comply with the guidelines on standards
of accommodation and facilities & equipment provided.
If you require a baby sitter you must ask the Property
owner if they have contacts.
4)BREAKAGES: (see also Inventory
& Deposit sections below) Small accidents can happen
when you are on holiday. Normally if a renter breaks glasses,
crockery etc they will often find replacements at the local
supermarket and should always advise the owner or agent. If
there is a serious breakage - window - chair etc, the renter
should immediately report this to the owner or their agent.
If you need to hire a bike, it might be advisable to
contact the owner when you make your booking as to availability
in the property's area.
6)BOOKING FLEXIBILITY: See No 9
Changeover Day below as many property owners can accommodate
for longer or shorter periods depending on seasonal demand.
6)CAR HIRE: If you need to hire
a car, sometimes if you book well in advance you can secure
a rental at a more favourable price. Rental prices tend to vary
from country to country and from experience car hire in Spain
is a lot cheaper than Ireland. If you want a quote Click
here to go to our CAR HIRE PAGE
7) CHILDREN: Some property owners
do not accept children under a certain age bracket.
holiday properties provide a cleaning service and state this
on their page on jmlvillas.com. Sometimes they offer daily,
weekly or just end of stay cleaning. In other cases you either
have to clean it yourself or pay additional charges. It is advisable
to check when booking.
9) CHANGEOVER DAYS: The property
advertiser will usually advise on our site the changeover days.
In the peak periods these days cannot usually be changed, however
at other times of the year many property owners will be agreeable
to changing the booking period. i.e. Instead of Saturday-to-Saturday
- Tuesday to Tuesday.
You will also
come across some property owners who will be happy to let
the property for a very long weekend. If this information
is not stated you can always email the owner.
10) CHECKING IN & OUT:
Please make sure you have the owner or agent's contact
details with you - mobile phone/office phone etc and provide
them with your mobile number as well. Sometimes flights are
delayed for example and you should let the key holder know
the situation. You should also agree a check in time with
them. With many properties you cannot arrive till after 12
noon, but check the situation out when you make the booking.
If you are likely to arrive out an "unsocial hour"
then you might find that you are charged a fee if there is
an agent handling the check in.
When you leave the property, quite often you have to be out
by 10.00 in the morning to allow cleaners in and normally
times will be agreed between yourself and the owner in their
Rental Agreement or correspondence.
11) DEPOSITS: - Initial Deposit &
Damage Deposit: You will normally be asked to put down
a deposit at the time of booking. Sometimes this is non-refundable
so please check the details with the property owner. It is
worth well considering taking out Travel Insurance when you
make a booking in case you have to cancel your visit.
Many property owners now require a damage deposit to be held
throughout your visit. see section 4 above on Breakages
12) ELECTRICITY, GAS & WATER:
These utilities are expensive in most countries and are usually
metered (except with butane gas). You will usually find that
these services are included in the rent, although sometimes
the electricity is on meter and you sometimes have to pay
additional charges for heating or heating a swimming pool.
Electric voltages in Scotland are 240v Square 3 pin plug.
Visitors from overseas will need to purchase an adaptor that
will work in many countries including the UK, Ireland, Malta
and parts of Africa. You should find out when you arrive at
a property where the trip switch/fuse board is and also if
butane gas is being provided how to change the bottle and
where to purchase a replacement.
You should take out adequate travel insurance when you
make your booking in case you have to cancel the holiday.
In many cases if you have an accident at a property, although
the Property owner's insurance company will initially entertain
the claim they may also want to pursue your insurance company.
A property owner's
insurance will probably not cover your personal must make
sure that your property is properly covered for holiday lettings.
You should advise the insurance company that it is being let
for this purpose. If you want some further information on
quotes follow this link Click
here to go to TRAVEL INSURANCE
14) INVENTORY: It is normal procedure
to have an inventory of the contents that will be checked
in by the local agent or owner. A damage deposit is often
held and then will not normally be returned till after the
property has been vacated and will either be paid back locally
or sent to the renterís home address. You will often find
reference to this and the amount to be paid in the rental
You should check with
the owner as to when you can expect to receive the deposit
back. If can be checked in with your guests. Either
the owner or local agent should politely point out that if
the visitors break equipment, if they are glasses for example
then they should replace, if it is more serious - bed, window
etc, then immediately report it.
We encourage advertisers on jmlvillas.com to give a
description of their kitchen. They should include an oven
(conventional or microwave) They should include an oven (conventional
or microwave), Does it have a dishwasher, washing machine,
16) LINEN HIRE/TOWELS/COTS:
off on your holiday check out the linen hire situation. Many
property owners provide linen & bath towels (but not beach
towels) and many of the properties advertised do not have
linen or towels. They would provide pillows, duvets or blankets
usually. You can often hire linen locally, which is a good
idea if you are flying. Check with the property owner when
you make your booking. If you require a cot you should find
out if the owner provides these, or if you can hire one or
if you have to bring your own.
17) LOCAL FACILITIES: If the
owner has not provided a Property Handbook (see 21 below)
please ask for information. Do not forget to buy a guide book
and buy local area maps.
property owners will employ a local agent to check you into
the property. This person (or agency) would most likely be
your point of contact if you have problems at the property.
The local agent can sometime arrange linen hire and if the
owner has not left you a Property Information book, the agent
can normally tell you about local shops, restaurants, pubs,
bars and attractions.
19) PRICES / RATES:
At jmlvillas.com we encourage our clients to
keep their prices updated. Unfortunately not all advertisers
do this and in some cases do not submit their prices. If you
are not certain about the information shown, email the owner
for confirmation. You will probably find that you are paying
more over bank holiday periods and in the main summer season.
20) PROPERTY CAPACITY:
Although a property might stipulate it sleeps 6, there
is often the possibility that it can sleep an addition 2 on
a sofa bed. Alternatively a property stating it sleeps 6 might
only have 2 bedrooms - the other sleeping capacity being on
the sofa bed. Check the description carefully and if in doubt
email the owner for clarification.
21) PROPERTY HANDBOOK:
We advise owners
to leave a ring bound folder with some notes about the property
- how the hot water system works, where the rubbish should
be put, information on local shops, restaurants and attractions
22) RENTAL AGREEMENT: It is normal
procedure to have a rental agreement. In some countries it
is the law. It will set out the terms of the rental - prices,
length of let, damage deposit and other conditions.
23) SWIMMING POOLS:
Take great care
if you are renting a property with a swimming pool. In France
it is now the law to have these fenced as well as to supervise
young children. You will quite often pay an additional charge
for the heating of the pool. Take great care with pools they
are not always lined with tiles and concrete and the lining
can easily be damaged by a sharp object. They are expensive
to replace and you could be responsible for paying this if
a member of your party has caused the damage.
24) TELEPHONES: Some property
owners provide telephones for incoming calls; some have a
pay phone system. If you are taking your mobile on holiday,
make sure that you have contacted the mobile phone provider
to allow calls to be made to and from it when you are not
in your home country. Generally you will pay the cost of the
call coming from your home country to where the mobile is
being used. Remember that not 100% of the UK is covered by
the mobile phone networks and if you live in the UK the phone
you have might not always work in parts of Scotland.
If you do not have
a mobile and there is no telephone at the property and you
want friends or family to contact you in an emergency let
them have the owner or agentís number
provide a television. Quite often it will only be the local
countryís networks. (BBC, ITV, Channel 4 / 5 etc). In some
areas in Scotland TV reception is not 100% Some
properties have satellite systems in addition.
If the property you are
going to rent does not have a washing machine, you should
find out from the owner or agent the location of the nearest
laundry or laundrette. You should also check to see if the
property has ironing facilities. If you need to take an iron,
there are very neat travel irons on the market.
Many properties have a septic
tank rather than mains drainage and have narrow gauge pipework.
Nothing other than toilet paper should be put down any WC.
Blockages are inconvenient and expensive to clear and you
could be charged if a specialist is called in.
28) WELCOME PACKS:
A lot of properties provide
a welcome pack. Quite often a local agent can arrange for
this if required, especially if you are going to arrive late
at night. (Bread, milk, coffee tea etc). In some case these
are included in the prices of your stay, in others it will
be an additional cost. Do not expect to have a welcome pack,
as many property owners do not provide these.
COMPLAINTS: If you are not happy about the letting
ó Let the owner or agent know. They might not be able to do
anything about it, but often they can. Please note that the
descriptions on the jmlvillas.com web site are put on by the
owners themselves. If you are in doubt about accommodation
details always check with them before you book. jml Property
Services takes no responsibilty for any bookings or agreements
made between an advertiser and holiday home renter.
note this guide has been compiled from experience and jml
Property Services takes no responsibility for the accuracy
of its content. jml Property Services takes no resonsibility
for any agreements / transactions or arrangements made for
any property advertised on this website and all dealings must
be carried out between advertiser and applicant
If you have any further tips for people
renting holiday properties that could be added here, please
email them to us.
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