I have booked an apartment in Rome for our upcoming trip. I sent the 10% deposit through PayPal and was told I would need to pay the balance in cash upon arrival. The woman I have been working with then told me that due to a new law, they can't accept more than 1,000 Euro in cash, so I would need to pay the balance via wire transfer 15 days before arrival. When I asked about alternatives, she said I could pay a portion via PayPal, and then the balance (under 1,000 Euros) upon arrival in cash.
I have felt very comfortable with my interactions with her and the apartment gets good reviews (they are all FlipKey, though, which I know is monitored). It does make me a bit worried to have no protection. If I send the full balance via wire transfer and there is no apartment on the other end, it would be bad! I'm pretty sure this is not a scam at all, but figured I would ask if others have had this experience and if you have any advice.