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by AndrewH
Thu Aug 19, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: OTAs: Airbnb, Vrbo, Booking, Tripadvisor, etc.
Topic: HFD demise
Replies: 11
Views: 1740

Perhaps "Simply Owners". They encourage guest contact.
by AndrewH
Fri Aug 06, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Portugal
Topic: Invoicing guests for HA Booking
Replies: 3
Views: 6376

e-richard wrote: But "raising" an invoice for tax purposes is not necessarily the same as "sending it" to the guest. Most of my guests being British wouldn't know what to do with it.
Too right :D
by AndrewH
Sun Jul 11, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: Spain
Topic: air conditioning
Replies: 9
Views: 537

We don't charge extra for AC, but I mention in the notes of a 'welcome' email which I send to guests just prior to their arrival the cautionary tale about misuse of the AC. The usual advice, to which I add that prolonged use may cause a breakdown of the AC system (probably not in fact) and that in s...
by AndrewH
Tue May 18, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: The Cafe
Topic: round of introductions
Replies: 538
Views: 156827

Yes, the cafe must be covered in cobwebs. Many of the old hands who used to post there are no longer around. I rather suspect it is because they have retired from the renting business. OH and I are now into our 80's and we too have decided to close down and retire fully at the end of this year. We a...
by AndrewH
Thu May 13, 2021 6:49 pm
Forum: Just starting out
Topic: occupancy rates
Replies: 12
Views: 1231

Think hard before going down the road of forming a limited company instead of trading as a sole trader. Limited companies are good if you fear your business might become insolvent, but otherwise a limited company requires a lot of extra work each and every year and also expense should you employ an ...
by AndrewH
Tue May 04, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: Just starting out
Topic: Reaching business customers
Replies: 2
Views: 507

Reaching business customers

I think you should certainly do some research and find out the names of local businesses and then perhaps using your judgement refine the list to the more likely targets. I know there are privacy laws, but I guess they only apply when the contact is person to person and this would be business to bus...
by AndrewH
Thu Apr 29, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Just starting out
Topic: Company Types?
Replies: 3
Views: 696

A limited (Ltd) company has one or more members, also called shareholders or owners, who buy in through private sales. Directors are company employees who keep up with all administrative tasks and tax filings but do not need to be shareholders. A limited company is its own legal entity. [which mean...
by AndrewH
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Scam email enquiries
Topic: Unusual Scam
Replies: 3
Views: 4122

Re: Unusual Scam

I... I certainly do not like the idea of upping the rates for the next guest to cover one's commission payable on the previous guest. ... Are they not saying that they increase the prices they charge to all the people who book through their site, so their listed prices will be approx 15% higher tha...
by AndrewH
Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:33 am
Forum: Scam email enquiries
Topic: Unusual Scam
Replies: 3
Views: 4122

Unusual Scam

I can see nothing there which shouts "scam". I don't think that English is the writer's first language, which would concern me if they are going to write one's property description. Unlike the VRBOs of this world and their "service fee", it is the owner and not the guest who pays...
by AndrewH
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:14 am
Forum: Managing your guests
Topic: Children and their associated problems.
Replies: 21
Views: 5855

Re: Children and their associated problems.

...Who has gone 'child free' here? I found some old discussions but interested to hear updates. We just have a one-bedroom rental and we advertise it using such words as "suitable for 2 adults only", and hope the message gets across. At present the covid renting protocol here in Greece do...
by AndrewH
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:27 am
Forum: Just starting out
Topic: Claiming back money from New Appartment Holiday Let
Replies: 2
Views: 528

Claiming back money from New Apartment Holiday Let

I don't know, but I am guessing that your rental apartment is in the UK and, if it is, I think you would be wise to employ an accountant to advise and guide you. You will be liable for tax on the proceed of your rental business, but for tax purposes you will be able to set off against that gross inc...
by AndrewH
Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Spain
Topic: An extra 5% tax on none residents rental income/profit....
Replies: 6
Views: 793

Several years ago a former member of LMH and a friend of mine, who happened to reside in Switzerland, but owns a holiday rental in Spain was required to pay a larger tax rate on receipts, because he lived outside the EU. This situation did not last for long, because a successful group action case wa...
by AndrewH
Fri Jan 29, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: OTAs: Airbnb, Vrbo, Booking, Tripadvisor, etc.
Topic: Simply Owners
Replies: 30
Views: 3515

Simply Owners

The likes of TA and VRBO (formerly HomeAway) will do everything to prevent customers from making initial direct phone contact with owners, in case they try to circumvent these agencies' 'service fee' by booking with the owner direct. Who can blame holiday makers for doing just that should they find ...
by AndrewH
Mon Dec 28, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Scam email enquiries
Topic: John Logan
Replies: 3
Views: 1915

The UK government website tells us: " No exact company name matches found for '05694594' "

"AT YOUR PLACE", the usual nice and easy generic term for any type of property, as taught in scam school.
by AndrewH
Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Managing your property
Topic: Emergency numbers
Replies: 3
Views: 1242

Nothing so tragic has happened at our rental so far, but I absolutely get the point of the warning. We put emergency numbers in an information sheet, which we email to guests before arrival, but who is going to find that in a hurry? Today, I shall transfer those number to an A4 sheet in a large font...