Deposit for holiday cottages and self catering accommodation
Holiday cottage owners and self catering accommodation booking agencies normally ask for a deposit. This can be a third to half of the rental for the property, and the balance is due sometime, e.g. six weeks, before your holiday starts.
If you cancel your holiday cottages, the holiday cottage owner or self catering accommodation booking agency may keep all or part of the deposit. Some may try to re-let the property and give you back part of your deposit, if the property is re-let for the period you had booked.
In addition to the booking deposit, some owners may ask for a security deposit of £20 to £150, on arrival, towards the cost of electricity etc. and to safeguard them against damage; the holiday cottage owner or self catering accommodation booking agency will tell you when you book whether this deposit will be required and the balance will be refunded on departure.
This deposit can usually be covered by holiday cancellation insurance.