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Travel Tips: Improve Your Security When Renting Someone Else's Home

By    |   Monday, 15 Aug 2016 08:27 AM

Vacation travelers wishing to experience their chosen destination like a local are increasingly forgoing standard chain hotels in favor of renting someone’s home. While this can make for an unforgettable experience, you may wonder about your personal safety before and during your stay.

Here are some tips for improving your security.

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1. Read the contract — Once you’ve settled on a place, review the contract very carefully advises Frommer’s. Make sure you know what exactly is included. For example, if you don’t clean up after yourself, you might forfeit a hefty deposit.

2. Confirm your host is legally able to rent out their home — This sounds elementary, but there have been many legal woes among travelers and property owners in this Airbnb age. Ask the host directly if they are legally permitted to rent their property for the specified dates, and also ask them for documentation, recommends Independent Traveler. An experienced property owner and host with nothing to hide won’t balk at the question and will likely have that proof readily available.

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3. Handle all payments and communications through the rental company’s website — Do it online instead of directly through the property owner, advises On Call International. Doing so will ensure a higher level of security for your credit card information and reduce the risk of fraud.

4. Use common sense — According to On Call International, while private homes will surely have some level of security such as door locks or security systems, it still makes sense to use good judgment. Leave valuables at home, check the property’s references, and be vigilant when exploring the neighborhood.

5. Have a backup plan — With vacation rentals, it helps to be flexible and open to an alternate plan if needed. If you arrive at the property and the hosts are no-shows or if the neighborhood doesn’t feel safe, don’t be afraid to make other arrangements.

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Vacation travelers wishing to experience their chosen destination like a local are increasingly forgoing standard chain hotels in favor of renting someone’s home. While this can make for an unforgettable experience, you may wonder about your personal safety before and during your stay.
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