Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 AOL 1800:681:7208 password reset CONTACT AOL Tec*h care 24/7
  2. 2 Paris Neighborhood Help
  3. 3 Trip Report LOAN OFFER APPLY @ 2% INTEREST RATE
  4. 4 Ambitious 1st time trip through Europe whilst pregnant??
  5. 5 Trip Report Just the wine list please and Daisy came too.
  6. 6 Ok then, what trip was difficult to organize?
  7. 7 Italy June 6-16
  8. 8 Question about Loire Valley châteaux
  9. 9 Trip planning to Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg
  10. 10 Trip Report To the top of Europe, and back again.
  11. 11 Poor weather outlook 10/16-19 Grindenwald
  12. 12 Help us with our new sharing economy business
  13. 13 Trip Report Long weekend in Albania
  14. 14 Trip Report Scotland in 18 nights, smirr and sun and mud!
  15. 15 car rental
  16. 16 Itinerary input for trip to Spain and France
  17. 17 Itinerary for European trip with 18 year old son
  18. 18 Northern Italy in 2 Weeks?
  19. 19 Arenal:Bullring area Seville?
  20. 20 Munich and....???
  21. 21 Cyclades w/kids & my ruins-fanatic DH (itin and accommodation advice)
  22. 22 Portugal: 70th birthday trip
  23. 23 He Musta Saw Us a-Comin': A Brief, Cautionary Tale about Taxis in Rome
  24. 24 Trip Report Another theft warning: coastal trains, between Genoa & Tuscany
  25. 25 Trip Report FRANCE 10 YEARS ON: Paris Dordogne Albi Toulouse Arles S Rhone and Nice
View next 25 » Back to the top

Beware of Misrepresentation

Jump to last reply

Having traveled to Tuscany and stayed in a wonderful villa for one week two years ago, I simply became complacent.

Recently, I contacted an Agent/Owner who had advertised on a rental property page. The place look nice and was described as having 3 brs and 2 bthrms, etc..

I dealt ONLY via email with the owner, never received any "contract" style documentation, but was so excited to go, I let my guard down by paying in advance via Bank to Bank transfer...the woman lives in Casablanca, Morocco.

You guessed it, upon arrival, the six of us could not believe the total misrepresentation of the property---total disrepair and only two bedrooms and one bath. We did not/could not stay.

Upon my return (the vacation turned out fine, otherwise), I emailed the owner asking for a full refund for a host of reasons---yeah, right! I contacted the web hosting company, who, of course, disclaim any responsibility (I am not done with them, yet) and have contacted many other agencies and quasi-legal-consumer type groups---this will all be in vain, but it assuages my conscience and my anger, somewhat.

DON"T BE A DUMMY. Always use credit cards to pay. Always check references. Never believe the price is too good to be true---because it proably isn't!

Beware of one Christine Berl (cberl@hotmail.com)---if you see her name, spam her for me!

7 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement