The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Holiday Let: Make Money with Short-Term Rentals



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January 8, 2023

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The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Holiday Let: Make Money with Short-Term Rentals

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Holiday lets have gained significant popularity in recent years as a profitable investment option. Whether you're seeking extra income or planning for retirement, purchasing a holiday let property can be a smart financial move. In this article, we'll explore the concept of holiday lets, their advantages, and the steps involved in buying and managing them. From generating consistent rental income to diversifying your investment portfolio, holiday lets offer a range of benefits worth considering. Read on to learn more about this lucrative investment opportunity.

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Holiday lets have become increasingly popular in recent years. You could be the next person to buy a holiday let and make money from renting it out.

What is a holiday let?

A holiday let is a property that is rented out for short-term stays, as opposed to holiday lets being long-term rental properties. The main difference between the two is that a holiday let will be advertised online and can be booked up to days or weeks in advance, whereas long-term rentals are generally booked by phone or in person.

In order to become a successful holiday letterer (is that even a word?), you’ll need some money behind your investment. Depending on how much of an investment you choose, it could take anywhere from two years for your return on investment; however, if you invest wisely and carefully plan your strategy then this may not apply at all!

Why should you buy a holiday let?

They're a great investment, they can make you money and they can be the perfect way to fund your retirement.

Let's look at why holiday lets are such a good investment. First, they allow you to earn money from your property while it's empty and not earning much if anything at all. This is especially true if you're renting out your property as a short-term let on platforms like Airbnb that match up homeowners with people looking for accommodation on holiday. Secondly, if you have an investment property that has been lying dormant for some time because no one wants to live there, this could be the solution for turning it into cash without having to sell it first!

The other advantage of holiday lets is that they provide an excellent source of income during retirement - something many people struggle with once they stop working full time and start relying solely on their pension or investments alone!

Holiday lets are a great investment.

There is a lot to consider when you're buying a holiday let, but the first thing to keep in mind is that it's a great investment. You can make money from your holiday let and get cash flow from it, which means that you don't have to worry about renting it out every day—it can be a source of passive income for you. And if that's not enough, it could also help with your retirement plans!

Renting out your home for short-term lets is a great way to make additional income.

You can rent out your holiday let for as little as two weeks at a time, or you can rent it for longer periods of time if that's more suited to your needs.

  • There are many properties available to buy in the UK.
  • There are many different types of holiday let properties to choose from, including cottages, caravans and mobile homes, lodges or chalets, and apartments.
  • You can find a property anywhere in the UK - from popular tourist destinations like London and Edinburgh to areas such as Cornwall and Northumberland.
  • Properties can be found for sale at any price range - from under £100k up to over £5 million!

How can Houst help you in buying a holiday let?

We can help you find the right holiday let to buy. Our team of local experts has access to a wide range of properties that are available at affordable prices and in popular holiday destinations. We've sold hundreds of properties over the years, so rest assured that we'll be able to find you one too!

How can you use your holiday let?

If you're thinking about holiday letting, there are a few things to consider.

First and foremost, holiday lets can be a great way to earn extra income. You'll get paid by the week or month, depending on how much you charge per night, and will get paid even if your home isn't being used.

If you're looking for a way to make your money work harder for you, buying a holiday let property could be the answer. Many people use holiday let properties as a retirement plan and want to live there permanently once they've retired. If that's something that appeals to you then investing in this type of investment could yield good results for years into the future when it comes time for retirement.

However, You need to take proper legal advice before buying a holiday let property.

This is because you will be required to register your property with the local council and comply with all relevant regulations. In addition, it's important to bear in mind that you'll also be liable for paying tax on any income received through renting out your home.

Benefits of buying holiday lets

If you have a property that's currently sitting empty and you're looking for ways to put it to good use, a holiday let could be the answer. There are many benefits of holiday lets:

  • You can make some good money from renting out your property
  • It's an investment in itself, as your rental income can help pay off any mortgage debt you might have on the place
  • Holiday lets are a good way to make your money work harder for you - if someone pays £200 per week to stay at your home while they visit Blackpool, imagine what they'd pay if they bought it themselves?

Holiday lets are also a great way to increase your property portfolio.

How long should I rent out my holiday let?

The length of the let will be determined by your circumstances, but remember that you need to make sure it is not too short or too long. For example, if you live in the property and want to rent out a room, it is likely that you are looking for a shorter-term let (ideally one year). If renting out the whole home, then perhaps 3-5 years would be more suitable.

When deciding on which term length to choose, consider what would work best for your situation:

  • Are there any restrictions on how long I can let my holiday property? This will depend on local council rules and regulations. There may be some minimum period of time that needs to pass between letting periods so as not to cause any disturbance within local communities; however, this varies from place to place. Some councils also require compulsory licenses or insurance before allowing a property owner/landlord who wants their holiday home rented out through an agency such as Airbnb or Homeaway etcetera


Holiday lets are a great investment. They can be a way of earning extra cash, or they can help you make your money work harder for you in retirement. If you own a holiday let, then it will be generating an income after expenses have been paid out. This means that when it comes to the time when there’s less money coming in from the pension fund and other investments, there’s still something being paid out from the holiday let.

Holiday lets are also part of the ‘LILO’ strategy (Long-term Investing for Life). This is where investors invest for longer periods rather than trying to get rich quick by day trading on Wall Street or buying cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin which have been known to rise and fall in value overnight!

The Insider @ Houst

The Insider @ Houst

The Insider team at Houst is dedicated to providing up-to-date and relevant information on short-term rentals. If you have hosting inquiries, please write to us at For guest inquiries, reach out at We are here to help you navigate the world of short lets and look forward to assisting you with your needs.

The Insider @ Houst

The Insider @ Houst

The Insider team at Houst is dedicated to providing up-to-date and relevant information on short-term rentals. If you have hosting inquiries, please write to us at For guest inquiries, reach out at We are here to help you navigate the world of short lets and look forward to assisting you with your needs.

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