Homes in Tayside could be rented for as much as £10,000 a week during next year’s Open at Carnoustie, according to a property expert.
Duncan Robertson, who owns Dundee-based Robertson Property Management, said he had already taken more than 20 enquiries from people looking to rent homes for the golf tournament, which is still more than a year away.
His company arranged accommodation for several golfers when the tournament was last held in Carnoustie in 2007, after being contacted by IMG talent management company.
And he is encouraging people to get in touch with his firm if they would consider renting out their home for the prestigious tournament.
Mr Robertson said: “We were contacted by sports management companies who represent some of the players who had specific ideas of what they are looking for.
“We tried to match their requirements and also advertised properties available in a variety of ways, including the golf magazines.
“We are already taking calls for next year’s tournament from companies and groups of people who are coming over from America for the event, and we also expect to be providing accommodation for some of the golfers.
“Although the tournament isn’t until next July, many people look to get their accommodation arranged well in advance.
“We did a mail shot round Carnoustie last week, which has got a very good response.”
Mr Robertson warned that although it’s possible that sums of up to £10,000 a week could be achieved, renting out a property also requires work by the homeowner.
The homes would have to comply with fire safety legislation, with the relevant paperwork, a detailed inventory has to be done, and owners also have to take responsibility for moving out their possessions and thoroughly cleaning the house.
“If people take care of their properties and present them well, they will get them rented, of that there is no doubt,” added Mr Robertson.
“We are looking at properties all over Tayside, even into Perthshire and Fife, not just in Carnoustie itself. We’d look at flats as well as houses.
“There might be an opportunity for owners but it is unknown what sums may be achieved, given the economy.
“We expect that some of the larger properties will rent between £5,000 and £10,000 depending on the property and its location.
“We’d be happy to advise anyone considering the opportunity.”
Amanda Wiewiorka, managing director of Angus-based Wardhaugh Property, said they were also already working with clients ahead of next year’s event.
She said: “We are working with a number of people across the area who are interested in renting out their property for the duration of the tournament and helping them ensure they comply with all the necessary rules and regulations to ensure they do this correctly.
“There is certainly sufficient demand which is only likely to increase in the coming weeks.”