Summer 2018 Property Owners’ Update

 

Summer 2018 Property Owners Update

The busiest part of the summer is upon us and according to the Minister of Tourism this year is on track to break records once again. Predictions are that Spain will receive over 30 million tourists between July and September. Many of these will be heading to Andalusia, which is the 4th most visited area in Spain for tourism (behind Catalonia, the Balearics and Canary Islands). Malaga Airport has already welcomed 1,930,866 people in June alone, a 1.2% increase on last year’s figure.  We hope that you are noticing an increase on last year’s rentals to reflect this rise and also the growing popularity in holiday rental properties.

If you are renting out your property, there are some changes in laws which can impact on your renters that we wanted to share with you.

First and foremost is the anti-social behaviour rules, which are now in place in Marbella. It is not permitted to walk around the town without shirts on, drink in the streets, or act in an anti-social manner. Tourists who are breaking these rules will first be warned, but then can be fined up to 750€ if they do not comply. Find out more

There have been weather warnings for a heatwave during August with temperatures climbing over 40°C in many places. It looks like the Costa del Sol will be protected from the highest temperatures, but please bear this in mind and make sure that your air conditioning and/or fans are working and you have clear instructions for use for tenants so they can be comfortable during their stay.

Recently there have been some large forest fires and the fire fighter’s representatives have released a map which shows that the Costa del Sol is at high risk of forest fires. It is important that tourists understand that they need to take great care with barbeques and fires during this time and that there are fines of 200€ for throwing cigarette butts out of car windows, as these can easily cause a fire.

Finally, if your tenants are hiring cars, they should be aware of the Spanish regulations on car seats for children. Children less than 135cm must be in seats which are suitable for their height and weight and may not ride in the front seat unless there are very special circumstances. Advise tenants that they need to request seats from the hire car company in advance, as they can be in short supply during the school holidays.

They should also be aware that drink drive limits are very strict here and that police often do spot checks on the main roundabouts during summer months, both in the evenings and first thing in the morning. The limits are 0.5mg of alcohol per ml of blood, this means in practice 2 small glasses of wine, or 2 small beers maximum for women and 3 each for men, so you need to take care.

For more information and advice on renting out your property browse our website and read our blog. Remember that if you need support with rentals management we are here to help you every step of the way with our comprehensive property management service.

Top tips from the Costa del Sol Property Management Specialists

 

HomeCareontheWeb has been dedicated to property management and rentals on the Costa del Sol since 2003 and our founders have owned property in Spain for more than two decades. The company was started from a need for support from the founders Tony and Gill Sidebottom for their Spanish property. Having evaluated all the options, they didn’t feel that anyone would really care for their property in the right way. So, rather than use someone they didn’t really trust, they decided to set up a company that would do things the right way and HomeCareontheWeb was born.

Coming from the position of owners and understanding their needs from the inside, has enabled Tony and Gill to set up a company that really cares and is prepared to deal with all the issues which can arise when an owner does not live in the property. Good property management requires a lot of people and so over the years they have built a large multi-skilled and multi-lingual team who are able to handle anything and everything that is thrown at them, without needing to worry the owner.

The first person to join the founders was a software developer, to build a bespoke system for the owners to be able to interact with the company whenever and wherever they wanted to. There is an owners’ area where they can check reports on their property, look at bookings, ask questions and make sure everything is under control. This is a key tool which ensures transparency and good communication and builds trust, leading to positive long term relationships with our owners.

We have responded to owners’ demand to rent out their properties by creating two sub brands – HolidayRentalontheWeb which is dedicated to short term rentals and HomeRentalontheWeb for long term rentals. These have their own website, which are the ideal marketing platforms for promoting rental properties. We have also set up partnerships with other companies such as Novasol Holiday Rentals, to increase the reach of our owners’ properties and bring more bookings.

Over 15 years, we have gained a huge amount of experience on how to care for properties and the peculiarities of how things work here on the Costa del Sol. Our team knows about all the regulations, how to present documentation and handle the utility companies and tenants. We can do this with ease after so many years, but remember how tricky it was that first time. This is why it is so nice to be able to take it off our owners’ plates and handle it all. Being able to deal with everything from cleaning and maintenance to rentals and issues such as break-ins, gives our customers total peace of mind and allows them to focus on their busy lives. Read our testimonials

As we’re generous folk, we like to share our hard won knowledge with property owners on the Costa del Sol and have produced a number of guides which you can download for free on our website. These contain our insider insight on long term and short term rentals and finding the right property management provider. We hope that these will help you to avoid making costly mistakes and allow you to plan for common issues when you start renting out your property.

You can download the guides by clicking on these links –

The secrets of successful holiday rentals on the Costa del Sol

How to rent your property long term on the Costa del Sol

Top Tips for finding the right property management company on the Costa del Sol

We also share lots of tips and information each month on our blog, which will help you get it right, when so many people get it wrong. This will put you ahead of your competition, get you more bookings and valuable repeat customers.  Read our property management articles

We hope these guides and articles will help you to make a success of renting out your Costa del Sol property. Remember, we are here to help if it seems too much!

Before you go, one final tip for you – don’t forget long term rentals! Most owners focus on holiday rentals and therefore there is a lot of competition for a relatively short season. However there is a growing demand and a lack of supply for long term rentals on the Costa del Sol at the moment. This means prices are going up and we can normally secure a tenant for our clients very quickly. We take care of inventory, checks and rent collection, plus handling any problem that tenants might be facing, so you don’t have to. Owners receive monthly payments and can have tenants for several years at a time, with very little stress. This is an excellent way to earn steady income from your property throughout the year.

Best of luck renting out your property, we hope you have an excellent summer and that your property is full over these key months. If you’re not getting the results you hoped for, please speak to us and see whether we can help you increase your occupancy and reduce the stress and strain.

New legislations to control holidaymakers’ behaviour

 

New legislations to control holidaymakers’ behaviour

Marbella Town Hall is reacting to issues with rowdy and badly behaved tourists by fining people from June this year. If you are renting out a property in the Marbella municipality, it is important that you understand the new rules so you can help your tenants comply.

These have been mainly designed with hen and stag parties in mind, but it can also impact the unsuspecting holiday maker who wants to enjoy the sunshine by having their shirts off in the street for example, so it’s best to be informed.

Here are the key behaviours that can be punished with a fine of up to 750€ –

  • Walking around the streets in swimwear or without shirts on – swimwear is for the beach and pool only, not for the towns
  • Wearing clothes or carrying objects of a sexual nature
  • Acting in an anti-social manner and drinking on the streets
  • Littering and flyering

Quite how this will be enforced remains to be seen and anyone who is doing this will first be warned so they can respond. However, it is important to be aware that police will be more vigilant on anything that they consider to be anti-social behaviour and that fines can be up to 750€.

We don’t expect this to impact on the majority of people coming on holiday to Marbella, as most tourists are well behaved and respectful. However, if you do cater to hen and stag parties in your holiday rental property, we’d recommend warning your guests in advance, so they know how to behave.

As these laws are passed and start to be implemented, we will keep you updated so that you can inform any tenants. Hopefully the new laws will reduce bad behaviour and make this a more attractive holiday destination for all.

Did you know that if you’re renting out your property we can also help you to manage all aspects of property rentals and make it easier for you? We are property management and maintenance specialists and handle everything from communicating with tenants, taking bookings and deposits, responding to problems and cleaning and maintaining properties before and after rentals. Our aim is to take as much off your plate as possible, so you can just relax and enjoy the rental income, without the stress. If that sounds good, contact us today.

Tips for successful property rentals

Tips for successful property rentals

As we prepare for the summer season, we wanted to offer you advice on how to make the most of your bookings and share some simple things that you can do to minimise costs and reduce stress when renting out your property. With over a decade of experience in renting out properties for our owners and taking care of them all year round, we’re the perfect people to give you the advice and support you need.

  1. Save on unnecessary extra laundry costs by having a locked cupboard or wardrobe in your property – We strongly advise that you have a lock fitted to one of your cupboards or wardrobes. This avoids having to pay for the laundering of your linen, towels and kitchen tea towels that have been used by holiday guests. As well as preventing the guests from using your linen, it enables you to store and use your linen for your own visits. If you don’t already have a locked cupboard or wardrobe in your property, please contact us and ask about how we can assist you with fitting a lock or installing a lockable storage container, and save yourself unnecessary laundering costs.
  2. Make sure you are declaring your income correctly with the newly updated form – If you earn rental income on a property in Spain it’s very important that you declare it correctly. Please note that the Online Form – Modelo 210 has changed slightly for 2018. Here is the link for the new form – https:/www2.agenciatributaria.gob.es/wlpl/OV17-M210/index.zul If you have any doubts on what to declare and how to do it, please check with our rentals team. We offer support and guidance to our owners on how to comply with the rules and ensure you’re not at risk of any fines or penalties.
  3. Try to increase your rental season – One of the key ways to increase the income you earn from your property is to try to increase your window for rentals, through effective marketing and making sure your property is well set up for off peak rentals. We are seeing people booking later into September and October and these extra months can make a big difference to your income. Christmas is another good time for bookings if your property is prepared and marketed correctly. Check out our tips for increasing off peak rentals
  4. Consider renting long term – Another way to make good year round income is by renting long term. There is a much higher demand and lower supply of quality long term rentals compared to holiday lets, so it’s easy to find a tenant. We have a specialist long term rental department and are actively looking for more properties, so please talk to us if you want to rent your property long term and read our blog for long term rental tips
  5. Don’t try and go it alone, trust the experts – Last but not least, the best way to remove the stress of renting your property is to trust the experts. We’ve been offering property management services and renting out properties for owners for over a decade. We have the skills, manpower and experience to take everything in our stride. However, if you’re trying to do it alone, then meeting guests, making sure everything is working, fixing problems and dealing with payments and deposits can be a real pain. By signing up with a property management and rentals package with HomeCareontheWeb you can relax knowing your property is in safe hands and you can simply sit back and enjoy the income.

For more great tips like this, download our Secrets of Successful Rentals guide or contact our property management and rentals experts.

Great start to 2018 for tourism

Great start to 2018 for tourism

There was a big jump in visitors to Spain in the first two months of the year, with a 5.9% increase on the passengers arriving by plane in 2017. Overall, there were nearly 10 million passengers coming from international destinations in just two months and there was a big increase in passengers arriving via low cost airlines. Most passengers came from the UK, followed by Germany. On the Costa del Sol, there was a 7.8% increase in passenger numbers in January compared to the same month last year and a 5.4% increase in February.

If you are renting out your property, this increase in visitors in the quieter months is great news. The ideal situation is try to stretch out the rental period and have more consistent bookings throughout the year. It’s better for the property to not sit empty and of course it is better for your bank balance too.

However, off peak visitors want and need different things than the traditional holiday maker, so if you want to appeal to them, you need to prepare your property a little differently and also market it in a different way.

The key things to think about are –

  • Is your property warm enough or can you make it more comfortable for them in some way?
  • Is your area good for off peak activities such as golf, hiking and cycling? Is it within easy access of the Sierra Nevada ski resort for a day’s skiing?
  • How does your development feel in the winter? If there are plenty of year round residents that’s perfect, but if it turns into a ghost town over the winter, then this won’t be good for visitors.
  • Do you have any facilities on your development which work well in the cooler months e.g. a heated pool, sauna, gym or tennis courts?

If you have answered all these questions and think your property could be good for an off peak rental then please get in touch with us and find out how we can market your property to extend your rental season. Read our five tips for making your property appeal to off peak visitors on our blog which will help you to cater to them better.

What makes a good off peak rental, is also a good long term rental, so if you want steady year round income, this is something you should consider. The long term rental market is much less competitive than the holiday rental market and we have more demand than supply of good long term rentals. Our dedicated long term rental division can take care of everything for you and make sure the tenants are paying their rent and looking after the property well. It’s an excellent option if you don’t use your property much.

We hope that 2018 is a great year for you and that your property generates a good income for you and is the perfect home from home. Our property management and maintenance experts can help you make renting out your property easy. Contact us today for a quote.

Spain becomes the world’s second most popular tourist destination

 

Spain becomes the worlds second most popular tourist destination

Great news for anyone involved with the Spanish tourism industry came out from the UN World Tourism Organization last month. It revealed that international tourist arrivals grew by 7% in 2017 and that they expected it to grow by a further 4 or 5% this year. If these predictions are proved correct, Spain will overtake the US as the second most popular tourist destination and bring in even more income for the people working in tourism.

For property owners looking to generate rental income from their properties, this tourist growth will obviously lead to more bookings, especially as experts are predicting that rental homes are going to be more in demand this year. There is a travel trend for people who want to experience the destination like a local and therefore are choosing holiday rentals rather than hotels. This, combined with limited hotel beds during peak season, leaves us in no doubt that 2018 will be a great year for people with short term rental properties. Find out how we can help you generate more rental income

Another thing that is on the up is interest in moving to Spain, which is fuelling demand for long-term rental properties. One surprising side effect of the Brexit uncertainty is that more retired people are trying to make the move now, as they are concerned that once Brexit has been implemented it may be hard. Companies who help people to move abroad within Europe have reported big increases in enquiries and people moving, and expect this to continue this year while it is still easy to relocate.

Companies who offer long-term rentals on the Costa del Sol like our company HomeRentalontheWeb report growing demand and limited supply and are looking for quality properties to add to their books.

We are struggling to find the right long-term rental properties in popular areas and the lack of properties is definitely pushing prices up. Long-term rental is a very good option for anyone who has a property in the Costa del Sol which they rarely use, as it is stable and a great way to secure rental income all year round. In many cases, you can earn more with long-term rentals when you look at the whole year, as the income is steady. We’d definitely recommend that owners consider the option of renting long-term, as it will be very easy for us to find them tenants.

Find out more about our long-term rental packages or contact our helpful team to discuss your options and make sure you generate as much income as possible from your property this year.

2017 Holiday Habits

2017 Holiday Habits

Last month we posted about the 2018 travel trends we expect to see this year, to help you to tap into these new trends and earn more rental income. To help you further, we wanted to share the ABTA findings on how UK holiday makers behaved last year, to drill down into what’s popular and where they feel the growth areas are. The more you understand what holiday makers want, the better you can cater to their needs and market your property better. Here are the highlights –

People took more holidays and plan to spend more

The great news is that, despite uncertainty and concern about global events, UK holiday makers took more holidays in 2017 than any time since 2011, a total of 87% of the participants taking a holiday last year and 57% taking a holiday abroad. In 2018, many are planning to spend more on their annual getaway. Western Europe, in particular Spain, was very popular and is expected to be a very strong destination in 2018 as well, with 62% planning to spend their holiday in Europe.

Popular Holiday Types

There was an increase in people taking beach holidays in 2017, going up from 38% in 2016 to 41% in 2017. 9% of people rented a private holiday home, 9% went on holiday to see a music event and 7% took an activity holiday and all these areas are expected to grow further in 2018. Given our great selection of holiday rentals, the amazing activities to enjoy on the Costa del Sol and the fantastic concerts and music festivals here, these trends should benefit owners of holiday rentals on the Costa del Sol. When asked about their plans for 2018, 47% of the participants of the ABTA survey plan to take a beach holiday this year, so as ever our beautiful beaches will be a big selling point.

How are people booking?

Most people are booking their holidays online, and this increased in 2017, to a whopping 83%. So it’s very important that your holiday rental has a strong online presence with a secure and easy to use online booking facility. If you are considering property management and rentals with HomeCareontheWeb, you will benefit from the strong web presence and secure booking system on our site HolidayRentalontheWeb.com. You will also be promoted via the network of 11 language websites of our partners Novasol and their travel agent network, to reach the maximum number of people and achieve the most bookings on and offline.

What will people spend in 2018?

ABTA’s survey revealed that people are planning to spend more on their holiday this year – 31% of the participants. Millennials are most likely to spend more – 39% of those aged 25-34 and 34% of 18-24 year olds say they expect to spend more on a holiday next year.

If you want to rent out your property to take advantage of the appetite for European holidays, now is the time to do it. Getting a reliable and experienced property management company such as HomeCareontheWeb on board, preparing your property for rentals and marketing for spring and summer starts now. We are looking for villas with pools and centrally located apartments and penthouses all along the Costa del Sol, so please contact us to discuss how it works and let us start marketing your property. To read the full ABTA report click here.

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of all of our team, we wish you a very Happy Holidays, and health and happiness in 2018! We hope you have a wonderful time, wherever you are spending the holidays, and that you can be with friends, family and loved ones.

At this special time of year we always like to give back to those less fortunate than ourselves, so we’re helping the homeless on the Costa del Sol. We collaborate with a local homeless charity and contribute savoury and sweet pies to their Christmas meal and presents so that everyone can get a little something this year. All our generous staff are making donations to this cause, and the company is doubling what they raise so we can help as many people as possible.

At the office, we are collecting warm coats, blankets, scarves and rucksacks, to give to the homeless. So if you have anything in the house which you don’t use anymore, please drop them in to the office and we’ll make sure they get to people in need. Where to find us

Christmas Opening Times

It has been a very busy year for our property management and property rentals team and we continue our hard work throughout the festive season. We will be closed on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th of December and the 1st of January, but open as normal throughout the rest of the holidays.

Please let us know if we can help you with property management or renting out your property in 2018, or browse our great holiday rental properties and start planning your next holiday. We look forward to hearing from you!

Travel trends for 2018 and how Spain will be effected

Travel trends for 2018 and how Spain will be effected

2017 was another bumper year for Spain and travel insiders have said that early bookings for next year are already higher than normal. This year’s limited availability in peak times is definitely pushing travellers to book early for the best accommodation and flights.

We are now looking ahead to 2018 and were very interested in the predictions from Booking.com on how travellers will behave next year. Read on for how these trends will effect Spain and people renting out their properties here on the Costa del Sol.

Nostalgic Trips

One of the travel predictions for 2018 is that more people will want to revisit their favourite childhood holiday spots to remember the best of their family holidays. “Travellers say that former family holidays recall the fondest memories, even more so than childhood sweethearts or family pets. Millennials look set to be even more sentimental with 44% of 18 to 34 year olds keen to hark back to favourite family destinations.” This is great news for Spain’s Costas, as many of us had our first foreign holiday here and look back fondly on the sandy beaches, food and sangria!

Walking & Wellness

Wellness breaks are a growing trend and research shows that almost one in five people are planning to take health and wellbeing trips in 2018. Walking holidays, cycling and water sports are particularly popular active holidays.

We’re thrilled about this prediction, as the Costa del Sol is a fabulous place for hiking outside the hottest summer months. Amazing walks in the area include hikes in the Mijas hills, climbing the iconic La Concha and walking the Caminito del Rey. It is also growing in popularity with cyclists, with quality equipment hire and excellent routes, plus of course our great year round weather and this is a segment which is definitely set to grow. If you have a property within easy access of any of these great hikes or cycle routes, or have trails from your door, make sure you advertise this, as it can help you obtain some excellent off peak rentals.

Water sports is a classic draw of the Costa del Sol and there are many options to choose from. As this is still an attractive aspect of a holiday in Spain, make sure that you help guests by sharing good companies and providers, so they know that they can SUP or go sea kayaking easily from your holiday rental.

Group Get-Aways

25% of people surveyed plan to do a group holiday in 2018, up from 21% in 2017. Friends are choosing to go away together to improve the holiday experience, but also to make luxury accommodation affordable. This is a trend that owners of luxury villas on the Costa del Sol can definitely tap into. If you can sleep six or more people and have some lovely extras such as a private pool, outside bar and BBQ area, or lovely communal spaces, then this market could be excellent for you.

Live like a local

The study reveals that “in 2018, rental homes are going to be particularly popular” as “One in three travellers (33%) say they’d prefer to stay in a holiday rental (a holiday home or apartment) over a hotel”. This is obviously great news for our holiday rental business and anyone looking to rent out their property in 2018! As they want to live like a local, it’s important to share recommendations and insider knowledge to help them easily embrace everything the area has to offer.

These predictions are great news for Spain and the Costas in particular, and early bookings and continued instability in other parts of the world lead us to predict another excellent year for holiday rentals on the Costa del Sol. If you haven’t rented out your property before, or you would like to achieve more bookings, please speak to us. We have over a decade of experience with property management, maintenance and rentals and can help you to earn rental income, while minimising stress.

Find out more about next year’s travel trends by reading the full article here

How to get more rental bookings

Did you get the bookings you hoped this year? If not speak to us! 2017 was the best year yet for our property management and rental clients, with more bookings than ever. Check out our summer in numbers

September has been another excellent month with 1,975.850 passengers coming through Malaga airport, an 11% increase on previous years and a warm October has kept tourists thinking about the destination as an Autumn and Winter hot spot too!

Some of our owners now receive an average of 30 weeks per year, well above the traditional peak season of June, July and August. So if you weren’t happy with the number of bookings this summer or found it difficult to manage them, please contact us to find out how we can help you.

Here is some advice for extending your season and attracting off peak and Christmas rentals –

  • Think why your area is good for off peak visits and show that in your marketing. Are you close to golf courses? Do you have great hiking routes nearby? Is there a nice Christmas market or Christmas events taking place in walking distance? All these things are selling points for the off peak traveller.
  • Show that your property works in the winter as well – If you have an open fire, underfloor heating, or central heating, make sure you highlight that when marketing off peak. You want your guests to know that they can enjoy beautiful sunshine and activities in the winter and also snuggle up and be cozy and warm in the evenings, or on a cloudy day.
  • Think about guest’s needs off peak – Make sure the property delivers over the cooler months with warmer bedding, a few rugs and some candles to make it really great in all weathers. Leave a few umbrellas by the door just in case it rains and leave recommendations for good winter restaurants and bars too.
  • Set it up for the holidays – If you want to encourage bookings over the holiday period, take some pictures of the house all decorated and show that it will be decorated on request in December and over the Christmas week, so they can imagine themselves celebrating away from home. If you get any enquiries over this period, help them to imagine spending the holidays in your property and they will be more likely to book.

For more great tips like this, download our free guide – The Secrets of Successful Rentals, where our property management and rental experts offer you brilliant advice on pitfalls, protecting against risk and the information you need about long term and holiday rentals.

Our team at HomeCareontheWeb have over a decade of experience on the Costa del Sol and we know all the secrets of successful rentals. As well as marketing your property to boost rentals, we can deal with any problems and maximise every opportunity, so trust in us to take care of your property while generating you income.

Find out more about our property management and maintenance services on our website: www.HomeCareontheWeb.com or contact us: info@homecareontheweb.com · Tel: +34 952 83 95 95