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Reassure me re: renting a private villa

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TooManyBlossoms Sat 01-Oct-11 14:31:15

We've always done package holidays abroad, but next year have decided to do an extended family holiday, and rent a private villa.

We've found a lovely one on ownersdirect but are a bit wary of paying a large sum of money for the deposit into the owner's bank account, who we've never met, for a house we've never seen.

Please, if you've ever rented a villa like this, reassure me that it'll all be ok?

Gigondas Sat 01-Oct-11 14:35:30

Isn't there some sort of bond system? I checked when we did same on another site and it's under some kind of protected bond. Check t and c on site but cant believe they dont do similar. I suppose issue you have is I something goes wrong it's not so easy to find alternatives .

Portofino Sat 01-Oct-11 14:38:53

We've done it numerous times using Holiday Rentals - I always go for ones with reviews. You can also see how long they have been advertising on there too. If they did a runner with someone's cash - the ads would be withdrawn immediately.

TooManyBlossoms Sat 01-Oct-11 14:42:23

The villa we like has got a review on Trip advisor - I've contacted the reviewer who's replied and has nothing but good things to say...however the little voice in my head is saying "but what if she's in on the scam too". Good god, I need to get a grip grin.

Portofino Sat 01-Oct-11 14:52:05

We've never had a problem. Like I said - if they got bad reports the website would pull them - it's an advantage of using one of the big sites. They have to pay for advertising etc.

rubyrubyruby Sat 01-Oct-11 14:55:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CristinadellaPizza Sat 01-Oct-11 14:59:04

I've never been on a package holiday and always rent via Owners Direct or Holiday Rentals. There has been the odd problem (pool filter not working/washing machine on the blink) but they've always been fixed asap.

Hassled Sat 01-Oct-11 15:00:29

It's fine. We've done it 3 times in Italy, once in France, once in Spain, once in Greece. Never had a problem.

TooManyBlossoms Sat 01-Oct-11 15:07:50

Thank you you've all put my mind at rest.

Can't wait to be lounging around our own pool, cocktail(s) in sounds so civilised grin

Portofino Sat 01-Oct-11 17:03:26

Cottages4You are another good one I've used. They do places in France too, and can throw in a ferry crossing if you require it.

Secondaryglazedover Sat 01-Oct-11 17:17:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

frenchfancy Sun 02-Oct-11 19:27:52

We use owners direct regularly.

One tip is that if you are un-certain ring the owners rather than e-mailing them, I feel you get a much better feel for things when you talk to people. In general scammers have lots of scams running at the same time and don't have the resources to answer phone questions.

frenchfancy Sun 02-Oct-11 21:13:23

One other tip - on owners direct if you scroll to the bottom of the page with the villa on you should see how long they have been advertising on owners direct.

Whilst a new advert doesn't necessarily indicate a problem, someone that has been on there for 5 years for example is highly unlikely to be a problem. Owners direct remove any suspisions ads or any with lots of complaints.

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