Going on holiday is all the fun, especially after the last 18 months we've all endured. Whether you rent or own your home, you'll want to make sure that your place isn't picked up by prying eyes ready to rob an empty home. On top of that, you may even need to tell your landlord that you're going on holiday depending on the stipulations of the rental contract. So in order to ensure that you know all the details, we've put this handy guide together with everything you need to know about going on holiday as a renter.
Can I go on holiday?
Absolutely, you can. And you likely won't need to tell the landlord or managing agent either if it's for a few days or even a few weeks. You have rights as a renter, and one of those is that you don't need to tell your landlord when you plan on taking a trip for some summer sun, winter skiing or wherever you're jet-setting off to.
Great, so what's the big deal?
Some tenancies state that you need to tell the landlord if you plan on leaving the property empty for 30 days or more. That means you'll probably need to check the rental contract for the finer details. If there happens to be a clause in there saying you should inform your landlord, it means you need to tell them if you plan on taking an extended break.
Can the landlord refuse my holiday if it's 30 days or longer?
Absolutely not. Landlords can't dictate when, where and how long you holiday for.
So why do I need to inform them?
Landlords might not be super keen on the idea of their property being empty for a sustained period of time. If a place looks like no one lives there, it could invite burglars, which would also be bad news for you and your stuff.
Makes sense. So what can I do about leaving my property empty?
By telling the landlord, you can help safeguard the home from thieves who may identify an opportunity presented to them by an empty property. The landlord may decide to fit an alarm in the property if it doesn't have one already. Doing so would provide added protection.
They may even pop round from time to time if they live nearby, just to make sure the post isn't hanging out of the letterbox and that the property doesn't look unoccupied.
What can I do to help?
Thieves are opportunists and will take a chance if they believe somewhere is empty. By making the property look like someone lives there, you'll greatly reduce the risk of a burglary. How do you do that? Set internal timers for lights to come on or look into using a television simulator light. If you're friendly with your neighbour, you can also ask them to check on your home every now and then – this is especially helpful if the landlord lives far away.
Friends, they'll be there for you
You can also ask friends to check in on the property if you're not super friendly with the neighbours. Essentially, you want to make the most out of the resources available to you, be it the landlords, neighbours or friends checking on the property while it's empty.
Don't forget the locks
It might sound simplistic, but ensure that everything is locked before you set off on your vacay. From the doors to the windows, don't leave anything to chance by double and triple-checking that everything is locked before you leave.
Safeguard with insurance
Finally, it's worth getting contents insurance if you haven't already. Ideally, you covered your belongings when you first moved in, as contents insurance also insures your stuff against damage. But if you don't have it already, there's really no excuse not to cover yourself before going on holiday. If the worst did happen, at least you can reclaim the value for the items stolen.
A holiday to remember
Make sure that your holiday is one to remember for all the right reasons, from lazy days on the beach to Instagrammable pics of world-famous landmarks. By following our tips, you can increase the chance of your holiday being a talking point when you return home and not how the house fell victim to burglars.