We are going through quite an ordeal with this property. We reserved the property for a family vacation in December (plan to stay a week in late June) and placed about $1000 "security deposit". We cancelled about one month later--about 6 months ahead of our reservation date.
Owner is keeping ENTIRE "security deposit". Contract says the deposit is subject to forfeiture upon cancellatin; Well, it appears "subject to forfeiture" should be replaced with "mandatory forfeiture".
This may be a great place--we've not been there--And, further, we WON'T be going there. We certainly don't feel the deposit policy is fair. We are pursuing other methods for an accepatble outcome. Owner has been difficult to deal with.
They are more than happy to get your reservation and a hefty deposit.