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Plans to scrap tax relief on Holiday Homes postponed until after Election

The Government is to postpone plans to scrap tax relief on holiday homes until after next month’s General Election

ABTA has welcomed the decision, and said it will continue to lobby the next government to keep the tax relief system, set out under the Furnished Holiday Lettings rule, as it is.

It claims a planned repeal of the FHL, announced in the April 2009 Budget, would have had ‘serious harmful consequences for the domestic tourism sector leading to a loss of over £200m and 4,500 jobs’.

The FHL repeal was part of the Finance Bill, which the Government had wanted to fast-track through Parliament ahead of the General Election on 6 May.

However, the Conservatives refused to allow the legislation to be fast-tracked unless the FHL rule and two others, including the controversial cider tax, were omitted from the Bill.

The Government was forced to agree last night, in order to get the Bill passed before the Election.

A review of the repeal was one the key demands in the recently launched ABTA Travel Manifesto.

ABTA, the Tourism Alliance and ABTA member the Holiday Cottages Group had all lobbied on the issue.

Mark Tanzer, chief executive of ABTA, said: ‘The repeal of the FHL rules would have had an extremely damaging impact on domestic tourism and many of our members’ businesses and we welcome the Government’s sensible decision to set aside the proposed repeal for the time being.

‘We will call on the new government in office after 6 May to listen to industry concerns and reform FHLs in a way that both achieves Government objectives as well as supporting domestic tourism.’

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Bill to be passed forcing Holiday Property Owners to cater for the left handed renters!

The Florida House of Representatives have recently announced that they will be voting in favour of a bill that forces all holiday property owners to ensure that their properties are 'left handed accessible' A commission investigating several hundred complaint’s from left handed people stating that a growing number of property owners were systematically discriminating against them by only supplying 'Right Handed' facilities throughout their properties.

A leading human rights lawyer commented that the blatant discrimination of 'Left handed' renters is a direct infringement of their human rights.  Analysts have predicted that the conversion from 'Right Handed' to 'Multi-Handed Options' could cost home owners tens of millions over the coming years.

Left Handed Renter after being forced to use Right Handed toilet roll!

Left Handed Renter after being forced to use Right Handed toilet roll!

Property owners were said to have been heavily criticised for not providing even the most basic products such as left handed teapots, door keys and toilet rolls. One disgruntled left handed renter complained “When we arrived at his rental property we were given a right handed door key, I was unable to operate the key, it was a complete nightmare, my family were tired and all I wanted was to get inside…after struggling I had to wait over 2 hours while a right handed employee from the management company to arrived to let me in…I have never felt so helpless!

The Bill is set to be signed on 1st April 2010 – Property owners need to contact their management companies immediately to ensure they comply with the guidelines.

In the meantime Bargain Villas have recently uploaded thousands of Left Hand Accessible Properties – Search Bargain Villas

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5 Great Benefits To Renting A Villa Holiday Home

Being on holiday doesn?t automatically mean you have to slum it for a couple of weeks. Renting a villa for your next holiday means you can STILL have all your creature comforts without spending a fortune. Here are a few great benefits to villa renting;

?Space: A holiday home is far more spacious than hotel accommodation. Rental properties will have all the dimensions of a proper home; multiple bedrooms, cooking areas, living and dinning areas, parking space and usually a garden or pool.

Kitchens: One of the things I miss most when I am away is being able to cook and prepare food. A holiday property will typically come with a fully equipped kitten with modern appliances. ??

Washing machine/tumble dryer: In house dry cleaning and washing facilities offered by hotels are usually done so at a premium. Not only are you making big savings on these services you can also pack less knowing that you can simply rewash your favourite clothes when you need to.

Privacy: When you rent a villa you are also renting your own private space for you and your family. Although most hotels have plenty of facilities for you to use; they are not exactly private. You can relax in comfort knowing that your villa rental is a private and independent space for you and your family to enjoy.

Cost: Most holiday villas are large enough to sleep two medium sized families. Doubling up with friends can spread the cost of your next holiday. The price per-head per-day represents significant savings when compared to the same standard of living/facilities offered by hotels.

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Bargain Villas ‘Step By Step’ Owner Advert Set Up

What?s new at Bargain Villas?


Since the launch of Bargain Villas we have been endlessly tweaking and refining not only the cosmetics of the website but also the technology that makes everything tick.


The latest update to the site see a new ?Step By Step? process for owners to create their adverts.


The new process we hope will help owners focus on each important section of building a successful advert at Bargain Villas.


You can see a screen shot of this process below. Or click here


As always we welcome any comments or suggestions that will help improve the service for both owners and renters.


Step by Step Owner Advert Set Up - Click the image to enlarge for full details

Step by Step Owner Advert Set Up - Click the image to enlarge for full details



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