Some countries have legislation that requires owners of holiday rental properties to buy
licences enabling them to officially rent out their properties. It is important that you check this out with the
owners directly as Simply Owners is not a 'renter'
and only provides space on its web-site for owners to advertise their properties.
Only receive instructions on making
payments during a phone call that YOU make to the holiday-home owner on
the unique phone number that you have received from
NEVER ACCEPT a call or email from the holiday-home owner or anyone else giving you instructions on how to make a payment. Unlike emails, which are easy to hack, a phone number is unique to an accountable individual and the above payment method protects both you (the holidaymaker) and the holiday-home owner.
Never pay by cash or send wired cash through companies like western union. Only ever pay a deposit, unless it is just a couple of weeks before you travel. Always pay using a credit or debit card, bank transfer or an organization such as Paypal. Be sure you have considered all the terms and conditions of the holiday-home owner before you make any payments. Insist on a letting contract, that includes all the details you need such as deposits, security bonds, check in / out arrangements etc. Also be sure to acquire the owners residential address in the event you ever need to make a claim against them for any reason. Check out your holiday-home on google maps, review sites, etc, to be sure you are getting the best property for your needs. Check out your holiday-home owner via reviews, social media such as facebook etc to be sure you are getting the best service. Take time to think about what you want from your holiday home and use the specific filters when constructing your search, to reduce the number of properties you have to choose from. You should not have to compromise on what you need or want, as there are thousands of properties on our web site, all offering that little bit of something different. Make a list of questions you need to ask the holiday-home owner and prepare yourself well before you make the call about the holiday-home.
Simply Owners covers the TWO most common ways where holidaymakers have been scammed using other web-sites. This is detailed in the Payment Protection section on our site and are:
Owners only provides advertising space for
holiday-home owners and connects potential holidaymakers with the holiday-home
owners direct. It does not vet any properties nor verify any comments or
content entered into the advert by the holiday-home owner. As such you should
check and recheck any points made in the holiday-home owners advert that
are important to you.