Subletting through holiday parks
We have been holiday caravan owners for many years, and in the early days we had to sub-let to help cover our overheads. We also learned the hard way how not to do it, but we were much luckier than some others.
The bottom line, in our opinion, is that you should never allow your holiday park to sublet your caravan.
The reasons are many, but probably the most important is because ‘you have no say’. Some members of the public mistreat or even remove items from your caravan because they think it belongs to the holiday park and they can afford it.
Some of the larger holiday parks make promises of a guaranteed rental period i.e. up to 40 weeks. This means you can cover all your annual costs and have a profit in your pocket.
In reality, this rarely ever happens, and to this day I have never met anyone who has told me that it has worked for them. Still, the temptation to do it this way is great because it seems like ‘money for doing nothing’.
So where does all the money go?
Firstly, many holiday parks will advertise short notice, or short break holidays at vastly reduced prices to help bring more money in for the parks clubs, bars and entertainment.
Secondly, many of these bargain breaks attract the wrong sort of people who will be assigned to your caravan.
After the park has charged you for the laundry, cleaning and the park commission, not to mention your gas and electric bills, you may only get £20 to £50 for that holiday, and that’s if you are fortunate enough not to have repairs bills too. At the end of the season, MOST caravan owners end up owing the park money for the next years site fees and left with a caravan that has now seen better days.