Get Ready for an Airbnb Adventure
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If something bad ever happens, the news media can be counted upon to let the public know. There were some news items about these types of rentals where people paid for accommodations only to show up and found out the rental ad was placed by someone who didn’t own or live at the place advertised. Travelers lost payments and rentals and were very unhappy. Worse yet were the surprised people who returned from vacation to find their home had been rented out while they were gone.
These are problems mostly associated with copycat sites. Whichever site you use, there are ways to guard against this. Checking for scams in the locale to be visited, going to county web sites to check for ownership of a property you are considering renting are just two ways to check and make sure a scam is not afoot. Common sense approaches such as large deposits being required or seeing an ad for an apartment when a satellite map shows the address is a single family home area are approaches you can use to your advantage.