Divulging Passport #'s for Apt. Rental

Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 05:23 AM
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Divulging Passport #'s for Apt. Rental

I just received an email from the manager of the Rome apt where we will be staying in a few weeks. Among other things, he is requesting the numbers of all of our US passports. Is this an unusual request?
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Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 05:29 AM
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Not at all. Italian law requires that the manager register you with the local police. You won't be able to stay there unless you comply.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 05:34 AM
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Many European hotels will make a copy of the info page of your passport, some will even hold your passport for the first 24 hours of your stay. I don't find it unusual that an apartment manager would ask for the same info.
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In my 4 trips to Italy, I have showed my passport upon arrival but have never told anyone my number before hand.
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The hotel will take your passport on arrival to register with the police - since they do this every day. I can understand someone renting an apartment wanting info in advance so they can do this when they get the chance - not wait until the renter arrives to pick up the keys.

You're going to have to provide the info at some point - and if you trust the people enough to rent an apartment don;t know why you would be concerned abut the passport # (they can;t make fakes without your photo and other info).
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Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 10:49 AM
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Thanks for the info, everyone. You've put my mind at ease!
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