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Should I be worried about this San Francisco vacation rental?

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After weeks of searching, I think I finally found an ideal apartment for our family of 5 in San Francisco. However, I wanted to get others opinions to see if I am just being paranoid or my discussion with the apartment owner/property owner raises any red flags.

I sent an email on Monday and did not get a reply the next day(Tuesday) so I decided to call the number on VRBO. The first number listed went to a voicemail for Clyde, so I decided to call the second number, and a woman named Adriana answered. She was very polite and even adjusted her rental terms to fit within our time frame, but a few red flags went up for me:

1. All the reviews on VRBO mention that it was really easy to deal with Clyde - there was no mention of an Adriana. After speaking with her, I wrote her another email asking if both she and Clyde own/operate the apartment. She didn't answer that question, but the email address was from a Clyde, so I might be overreacting.

2. We are traveling with our parents(who will be paying for the apartment) and I asked Adriana if it was alright that my mother call her to go over the details, like the security deposit. She said no, she only likes speaking to one person in the party, and she really doesn't want anyone calling her...she rather do everything by email. Now, is it just me or does that seem really suspicious? I mentioned this to my mother, and she is not happy about not being able to speak with Adriana since she is the one paying.

3. Is it safe to pay a large security deposit and 50% of the fee by check or paypal? I've never had to use paypal before.


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