Going to NYC for first time in New Year and looking to keep accommodation cheap. I have been using craigslist, after it was recommended on here. I have found somewhere that looks lovely and the owner "sounds" nice and "seems" professional.
Question is - how do I know they aren't going to do a runner once I pay my deposit up front? Is there any way to ensure that it is all above board? I have only been looking at listings with photos and good descriptions. And any which I want to investigate, I usually build up a bit of an email communication with them first off. But is that good enough as a bond of trust?
Any pointers would be very welcome, especially from people who have used craigslist before as a way to rent holiday accommodation. Thanks for any tips!