Wi-Fi is one of those things that people often expect from a holiday home. While it may not be a surprise to many when they don’t receive it – notably in situations when they are going to a holiday letting that is seen as a “true getaway” from life and its associated technologies – it’s still something that needs to be considered by you as part of your package. In order to use it properly, however, it’s important to understand the legal ramifications of its installation.
Court rulings have forced a number of internet service providers to release account details for several thousand customers known for illegal downloading. This may be something that happens on the Wi-Fi accounts of holiday home owners like you, so the responsible use of such internet services in a holiday let is top priority.
Wi-Fi is a true selling point of a holiday property, so it’s best that the owner understands the benefits before writing off its pulling power in the face of legal complications. For around £10 or £20 a month, you can buy a connection that allows guests to have a more enjoyable holiday with their laptop, mobile phone or tablet to gain a range of bonuses: tourist information and access to attraction data in the local area; maps and driving directions; locations of shops, petrol stations and cash machines; weather forecasts; and access to favoured websites and streaming services including Netflix, Spotify and BBC iPlayer.
Nonetheless, by using your IP address, the relevant authorities can track the misuse of your line if it gets too flagrant – or illegal. Luckily, the risk for an owner looks relatively limited, so long as you can pinpoint the guest or party that was in the property on dates that could be brought to your attention. By clarifying your stance in the booking terms and conditions to include use of Wi-Fi in the property, you can underline your guidance on illegal behaviour and excessive downloading.
Of course, you can control usage – internet service providers can often provide a child lock on an account to prevent access to particular websites. Remember, however, that this may block websites relating to dating and gambling, including the National Lottery website; this could be a hindrance more than a help, so consider this option thoroughly.