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Nervous about renting a hotel/condo..please help!

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Nervous about renting a hotel/condo..please help!

Hi to all my tripadvisorites :)

I would like to ask if anyone has ever rented a condo/hotel/room from a website such as rentalo, vacationrentals.com?

Any advice would help, I just booked but am extremely nervous about scammers.

Thanks to all!!

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1. Re: Nervous about renting a hotel/condo..please help!

Hi , The best thing to do is check to make sure they own the property.If they own the property they will not be out to scamm you.if the property is in Miami use www.bcpa.net/index.cfm?page=search You can check by owners name rather or not they own the property.You can use an address to find out the owners name as well to see if it matches.I also do this before I book with this sites.I hope this helps.

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2. Re: Nervous about renting a hotel/condo..please help!

Well the person I rented from owns a room in the Shelborne Resort on Collins.

I can always ask my credit card company to stop the payment or something.

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3. Re: Nervous about renting a hotel/condo..please help!

If they own it it should be on the county website.Did you check?

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4. Re: Nervous about renting a hotel/condo..please help!

I tried everything on that website, but cannot find anything, I cannot find the Shelborne either.

I did a reverse lookup on whitepages and found a person that is listed with the fax number they had provided me.

Call me crazy, I am just nervous because I am expecting the worst :(

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5. Re: Nervous about renting a hotel/condo..please help!

I would suggest you call the office of the county listed on the website I gave you.They will probaly be able to help.You could also call the Shelborne and ask them to verfy if that person owns the room.They will help you to I would think.

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6. Re: Nervous about renting a hotel/condo..please help!

Thank you for your help, it is very appreciated!

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7. Re: Nervous about renting a hotel/condo..please help!

Hello - I rent directly from owners (vacationrentals, vrbo, villas2000, etc) as well as agencies, but always have photos of the property for review and get a gurantee that the one I see is the one I rent. This has NEVER been a problem. Given what's happening here, you have every right to be concerned. Do check and be sure of what you're getting for your money. Also check with the local BBB and Chamber of Commerce on any local rental agency.

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8. Re: Nervous about renting a hotel/condo..please help!

The reason you do not see many individual condo rentals in Miami is that most condo by laws do not allow short term rentals (daily) to the owners. Most only allow 3 months minimum, as to not allow individuals to compete with the hotels and loose sales tax revenue which is the only form of revenue Florida gets. If someone such as an individual is renting to you short term you should be skeptical.

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9. Re: Nervous about renting a hotel/condo..please help!

Check www.sunspotvacations.com

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10. Re: Nervous about renting a hotel/condo..please help!

I was wondering if you ever found anything out?