Last Updated on May 20, 2022 by Mark Lavington
A guide to welcoming guests with assistance dogs to your self-catering holiday home
Are you aware that there are over 6500 registered assistance dog users in the UK who rely on their trusted companion to carry out practical tasks and support their independence? As a self-catering holiday home owner it’s important that you keep yourself informed of the legislation which impacts on your letting business. To help you understand the rights of guests with assistance dogs, The Equality and Human Rights Commission and VisitEngland have produced an informative publication entitled: Take the lead to your self-catering holiday home.
This useful guide aimed at all tourism businesses including accommodation providers covers topics such as:
- What is an assistance dog?
- Why you should welcome owners with assistance dogs at your furnished holiday letting property
- Your legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 to allow disabled people with assistance dogs to stay at your holiday home
Dog friendly holiday cottages
Whilst many holiday home owners already market their letting properties and cottages as dog friendly whilst a few also choose for many reasons not to accept pets, clearly every owner must take reasonable steps to accept guests with assistance dogs. Assistance dogs are highly trained and very unlikely to cause any damage to your holiday home, in any event quality holiday home insurance with accidental damage will give you peace of mind that most situations are covered.
A pdf copy of the guide is available to download here: A guide to welcoming customers with assistance dogs
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