Saturday, February 10, 2018

Steps To Take To Ensure Renting Out Your Timeshare Is A Successful Endeavor

By Arthur Meyer

Timeshares are good ideas for people who want to vacation in the same spot each year. Instead of renting a hotel room, you can stay in a luxurious condo or townhouse located in a complex loaded with amenities. At some point you will own a share in the property. If you cant use your time, you might be able to rent it, but there are certain things you need to know before renting out your timeshare.

Before you make any arrangements to rent the unit, you need to get in touch with the complex manager or reread your contract. Some complexes have rules that prohibit owners from letting their units. Others place restrictions on the times letting is allowed. If you don't do this first, you will end up wasting money on advertising something you can't do.

If letting is an option, the next thing you have to do is decide what to charge. You certainly need to charge at least as much as you would be paying if you were staying there. If you know other owners in the complex who rent, you could contact them to see how they handle it. You might also call the manager and ask what they charge guests who aren't owners.

Next you will have to see which times are available for you to rent the property. You will have to check carefully in order to avoid leasing the unit on a time when you want to be there. It's a good idea to call the management to make sure the times you are considering are not going to conflict with exchange or bonus days they already have scheduled.

When you are letting family or friends use the unit, you won't have to worry about advertising. If you want to open your share to the general public, you'll need to advertise in online and print newspapers. Classified line ads are the least expensive way to go there. You might consider listing the unit on an online auction site. You will get maximum exposure that way at an affordable rate.

Renting on the basis of a handshake is a bad idea. You have to develop a detailed, and legal, contract between you and any renter you accept. Along with other things, the contract must include the agreed upon rental dates, the amount of the security deposit, and the terms regarding vacation extension times.

As soon as the guests have left the unit, someone has to go in and assess the condition. You shouldn't return any security deposit until you have determined that the guests left everything in good order. The inspection needs to take place in a timely manner so you can refund the deposit promptly.

Timeshares can be good ideas especially if you love to vacation in the same spot all the time. They are expensive if you don't use them however. Renting your share out is a good way to recoup some of this investment.

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