If you have purchased your Italian property with the purpose of holiday rental income, there are several ways in which you can proceed in order to accomplish that aim.
Each Italian region has its own regulations and requirements when it comes to letting out your holiday home to paying guests. It is important that you are fully informed of the situation in your chosen area. Depending on the location of your property and the amount of units you regularly rent out, you will either be classed as a commercial or non-commercial landlord. These both carry different obligations and it’s recommend you consult a business consultant to ensure you understand the obligations and can fully comply.
All properties that are being rented out and advertised for rent should be registered with the local tourist board and include registering with the Commune for compliance with all the local laws. Once registered, the tourist board will inspect your property and advise its suitability for the number of persons allowed to stay (measurement of the rooms is critical) and also for safety.
Here are some basic tips for letting your holiday home.
- Choose a property which is located less than ninety minute’s drive from an airport.
- Provide a very clear map, photos, and directions on how to get to the property. Follow the route and make sure you haven’t missed anything. There’s nothing worse than having trouble finding the house after a long flight and drive.
- The property should have a swimming pool and at least two or more bedrooms and bathrooms.
- Start advertising as soon as possible, even if your property is not immediately available – holidays are almost always booked in advance and a website should allow you to show from what date the property is free.
- Give maximum information regarding rental conditions. What they can expect from the property and you, and what is expected of them.
- Think carefully before choosing the person who will greet the guests upon arrival and give them the keys, be on hand in case of an emergency during their stay, collect the keys at the end of the stay and check property and contents for damage, clean the apartment change the bed linen and towels, and do the laundry, purchase items provided in the rental conditions.