During the world-famous Wimbledon Championships in June and July, the population of this popular London suburb temporarily grows by around 500,000. And each year, just as hundreds of thousands of fans descend on Wimbledon to enjoy the tennis, a small army of people quietly packs its bags and prepares to leave.
It’s not that these people have anything against Wimbledon, or the championships – far from it. These canny émigrés are SW19 residents who have learned how to capitalise on tennis fever by renting out their homes during Wimbledon fortnight.
Here at Winchester White the pace picks up during April and May as demand for tennis lettings grows. Many Wimbledon aficionados are now opting to rent a property for a week or longer during the championships, and it’s easy to see why. Not only is the home-from-home experience of a short let preferable to the formality of a hotel, it can also cost less.
For home owners prepared to place their property under the care of a lettings agency, the experience can be equally beneficial. Many landlords use the funds raised by renting out their homes during Wimbledon fortnight to fund an annual holiday. If you have a well-presented house or apartment, you live within easy reach of Centre Court and are prepared to vacate on a short term basis, renting out your property is almost a no-brainer.
Clients who use Wimbledon tennis lets love properties that are tidy and well-equipped (TV and broadband is a must). Kitchens and bathrooms don’t need to be totally up to date, but they must be spotlessly clean. Before you move out, you’ll need to move your personal belongings out of sight and create space for your ‘paying guests’ to hang their clothes.
If you are thinking of offering your property for a short let, we’d love to hear from you, so call our Wimbledon office for an informal chat. Wherever you decide to go during the championships, you can relax knowing your property is in good hands. We can’t promise you good weather on your trip, but we can promise that you’ll enjoy the financial return on your tennis let.