Holiday Letting Agent Fees

What is the cost of running a holiday home?

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In addition to commission fees, some agents charge management fees to cover services like property maintenance, cleaning, and guest support.

These fees can vary widely and are often negotiable. Some agents may bundle management services into the commission fee.

Our advertised prices include a booking fee of £25

As an example, a week marketed at £700 would show on your statement as being sold at £675.

Holiday letting agents typically charge a commission fee based on a percentage of the rental income they secure for your property.

This fee can vary but is often around 15-25% of the rental income. Be sure to clarify the exact percentage and whether it’s inclusive of VAT (Value Added Tax) when discussing terms with potential agents.

Lakeland Retreats’ basic commission is 15% plus VAT

This is for us to market your property on our Lakeland Retreats website, Airbnb, around the web, and throughout the Lakes in general.

Agents may charge fees for marketing and advertising your property to attract guests. This can include listing your property on their website, in brochures, and on various online platforms.

Ensure you understand how these costs are calculated and whether they are one-time or ongoing charges.

We Don’t Charge For…

Marketing materials, Photography, or Video Footage

Unless uniquely commissioned for your property by you.

Registration & Management Fees

We don’t charge an annual registration fee.

Our monthly management fee of £25 per month protects you against things that might go wrong – call it an insurance policy, essential when you live away.


Be aware of any local regulations and licensing requirements for holiday rentals in the Lake District. Your letting agent should be knowledgeable about these regulations and help you comply with them. Clear communication with your letting agent is crucial. Discuss expectations, pricing, and services upfront to avoid misunderstandings later on.

A reputable agent should be transparent about their fees and services and help you make informed decisions to maximize your rental income while maintaining your property’s quality and compliance with local regulations.

What’s included with property management from Lakeland Retreats?


  • Excellent Year-Round Service – The service includes us being available to your guests at all times, 365 days a year and every evening in case of a problem.
  • Always High Standards – Regular, weekly visits carried out by our housekeeping team who ensure that our high standards of cleanliness and presentation are being met at all times
  • For Guests’ Arrivals – We also make sure the heating is on, leave a lamp on, and pop a pint of milk in the fridge for guests’ arrival. Rest assured, you’re in safe hands.


  • Maintenance – If things go wrong, we don’t charge a call-out fee but, if we do have to fix anything, our charge is £20 per hour plus the cost of parts.
  • Laundry & Linen – The costs for a full clean and laundry vary but an average two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage including the hire of our quality linens, towels, bath mats, towels and oven gloves costs £75 per changeover, plus VAT.

How Much Do Holiday Let Cleaners Charge?

If the agent handles cleaning and maintenance, you should be aware of the associated costs. This can include regular cleaning between guests, property inspections, and repairs.

How much should I pay my cleaner?

Unfortunately, the answer depends on several factors, including the property size, the number of rooms in the house, and the type of cleaning required. If you’d like an idea of cleaning cost, get in touch and we can discuss your needs.

The Best House Cleaning Service in The Lake District

If you are looking for a professional cleaning company in the Lake District, we’d be proud to provide you with excellent service at a reasonable price.

If you’d like to know more about letting your property, check out the owner FAQ’s

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Still Have Questions?

Take a Look Below

Whether you’re looking for your dream Lake District cottageunhappy with your current letting agency, or you’re looking for holiday investment properties in the Lake District we can help. 

If there’s anything you’d like to know that we haven’t covered below, please let us know.

Owners Guide

How to Manage Existing Bookings when Changing holiday letting agent?

If you feel you would like to switch agents, this can be done in a seamless way. Our priority is that your guests are not affected in any way

What will happen when Holiday Let Registration starts?

Let's chat about Holiday Let Registration (so much fun!) It seemed to be in the distant future but, it’s now creeping up fast!

Best Places to Buy a Holiday Home in The Lake District

We get asked this question a lot and our initial response is almost always to buy somewhere in an area that you have an affinity with

How Many Days a Year Can You Live in A Holiday Home?

We have no restrictions on the number of weeks you can use as owners but do bear in mind that you could be eating into valuable income

What Are the Legal Requirements for Holiday Lets?

There are several things you need to ensure you have in place when renting out a holiday property, here are the compulsory steps.

What Should I Do To Ensure Guests Have A Memorable Stay?

Making sure your property is well furnished and well equipped can get you more lets, increase the rent level, and increase the returns

Average Income from Holiday Lets - How Much Can I Make?

Find out how much you can make from your holiday let.

How to Get More Bookings?

Here are our top 5 things you can do as an owner to increase your presence online.

How Will You Advertise My Holiday Cottage?

Find out how we can help you market your holiday cottage. We aim to ensure good levels of bookings for all of our properties.

How much will I pay to let my cottage?

All monies paid by our holidaymakers are placed in a secure, client account from where we pay our owners by BACS transfer.

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