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Paying for Villa Rental directly to Owner - what is safest?

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ElizabethAllen Fri 08-Sep-17 11:30:12

Hi

I am renting a villa for a holiday in Summer 2018 directly from the Owner, I need to pay a £1000 deposit. They have asked either for bank transfer or by PayPal.

Is one safer than the other? WWYD?

We stayed in the villa last month so I know what it is like and have met the owner several times. We previously booked through a rental organisation but have been offered a significant discount if we go direct.

Thanks

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Justmuddlingalong Fri 08-Sep-17 11:33:01

You're not covered if you pay directly. It's your call but there's no comeback if you don't use the rental company.

MummytoCSJH Fri 08-Sep-17 11:34:31

PayPal, through goods and services.

frenchfancy Sat 09-Sep-17 08:31:17

Given that you have been there and met the owners then bank transfer should be fine.

itsmehello Sat 09-Sep-17 08:36:25

If the villa is abroad, don't use paypal. Their exchange rates aren't great. I'd recommend a banktransfer via transferwise.com, works perfectly well, is 100% safe and their fees are minimal.

AttilaTheMeerkat Sat 09-Sep-17 08:52:51

Going off platform like this is not without risk because you have no recourse to anyone if it is a scam. Neither are safe methods and you will not get your money back if this does go wrong.

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