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Renting an apt.

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I used to rent apts. in my trips to Europe but haven't in awhile.

So I've looked around a bit on VRBO and AirBnB and there seems to be a variety of conditions.

For a 5-day rental in Paris for instance, some owners ask for over $1000 in security deposit.

Does VRBO or AirBnB mediate disputes if deposits aren't returned?

One listing I liked was from a new VRBO owner but he wants the full 850 Euro paid upfront, which is unusual compared to other listings.

Booking.com also has some listings for apts. and they also have special conditions, like paying 25% up front and paying the rest in cash at checkin.

One of the reasons I went away from apts. to hotels is having to deal in cash, either wiring the deposit amount, leaving a "refundable" damage deposit and even having to deal with withdrawing several hundred Euros from ATMs at once.

Are people having positive VRBO and AirBnB experiences here or is it entirely dependent on the owner?

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