Is it usual for a homeowner to request that a reservation be paid for entirely right away, plus a deposit?
Some posters here have said that having someone require that is a red flag.
I am just wondering if there is a standard approved practice with rentals. Sometimes there is an unwritten but known way of doing things.
I inquired about a property through FlipKey ... and this was the request there - everything, including deposit, paid in advance - and deposit refunded 10 days after checkout based on owner approval.
A very good peace of mind insurance assurance was offered as well, but when I checked with the BBB, FlipKey has had a number of quite serious unresolved complaints - so I was hesitant to reserve in that way - but I might like to, if I felt it safe.
Thanks to those who reply, with knowledge. Much appreciated, as this is the first time I am considering renting through groups like VBO, and using FlipKey as a convenient way of paying.