Rental by owner properties have become a popular option for those in need of decent and affordable accommodation while on vacation. Their popularity is due to the fact that they offer a more personalized and a near-home experience which may not be present with the other available options.
However, they are never 100%, and so many things can go wrong which might ultimately make you lose a lot of money or have a very nasty experience. To stay on the safe side and anticipate a great experience, here are a few tips for you:
Research the Rental
With the advent of the internet and a robust global travel industry, you will always find some information on the respective properties you are interested in. Take your time and scour the internet for information relating to the property, especially the location, address, contact details, and most importantly, reviews by past users. These should be adequate to let you know if you are dealing with a scammer or a genuine provider.
Call the Owner
With the information obtained online, you could still be wrong since some scammers may be very convincing. This is why it is important to call the owner and let them prove that they are who they say they are and they have the claimed property. If you think something is not right following the call, trust your instincts and continue with your search.
Use Safe Payment Methods
Before you pay for the rental by owner, you must have the contract in your hand, read and understand everything stated therein. If there is something you don’t understand, seek clarification. When it comes to payment, never pay through a bank transfer. Instead, use a credit card that is well protected against online fraudulent activities. Additionally, stick to the payment regime agreed on the contract.